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Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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16 I said in my heart, "I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of 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 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after 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 For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.