Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 (New American Standard)

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Wisdom Excels Folly

12 So I turned to 1consider wisdom, madness and folly ; for what will the man do who will come after the king except 2what has already been done ? 13 And I saw that 3wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. 14 The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the 4fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that 5one fate befalls them both. 15 Then I said ato myself, "6As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. 7Why then have I been extremely wise ?" So bI said to myself, "This too is vanity." 16 For there is 8no clasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And 9how the wise man and the fool alike die ! 17 So I 10hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was dgrievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.
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