Ecclesiastes 1:12-15 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!
14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
15 What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.