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

 
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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.