I 2the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
And I 3applied my heartc to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy 4business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with.
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is 5vanity and a striving after wind.d156What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.
I said in my heart, "I have acquired great 7wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge."
And I 8applied my heart to know wisdom and to know 9madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but 10a striving after wind.
For 11in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.