Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 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.
16 I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled wisdom and knowledge." 16 I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."
17 What I've finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless - nothing but spitting into the wind. 17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
18 Much learning earns you much trouble. The more you know, the more you hurt. 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.