Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 GNT

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.
16 I told myself, "I have become a great man, far wiser than anyone who ruled Jerusalem before me. I know what wisdom and knowledge really are." 1

References for Ecclesiastes 1:16

    • 2 1:16 - 1.16 1 K 4.29-31+2 Si 47.14-18.
      17 I was determined to learn the difference between knowledge and foolishness, wisdom and madness. But I found out that I might as well be chasing the wind.
      18 The wiser you are, the more worries you have; the more you know, the more it hurts.