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

 
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12 Call me "the Quester." I've been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 I looked most carefully into everything, searched out all that is done on this earth. And let me tell you, there's not much to write home about. God hasn't made it easy for us. 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've seen it all and it's nothing but smoke - smoke, and spitting into the 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 Life's a corkscrew that can't be straightened, A minus that won't add up. 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.