12 I, the Philosopher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 I determined that I would examine and study all the things that are done in this world. God has laid a miserable fate upon us.
14 I have seen everything done in this world, and I tell you, it is all useless. It is like chasing the wind.
15 You can't straighten out what is crooked; you can't count things that aren't there.