Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 1:11-18

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Ecclesiastes 1:11-18

NRS 11 The people of long ago are not remembered, nor will there be any remembrance of people yet to come by those who come after them. NIV 11 There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow. NRS 12 I, the Teacher, when king over Israel in Jerusalem, NIV 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. NRS 13 applied my mind to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven; it is an unhappy business that God has given to human beings to be busy with. NIV 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! NRS 14 I saw all the deeds that are done under the sun; and see, all is vanity and a chasing after wind. NIV 14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. NRS 15 What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. NIV 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. NRS 16 I said to myself, "I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge." NIV 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." NRS 17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a chasing after wind. NIV 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. NRS 18 For in much wisdom is much vexation, and those who increase knowledge increase sorrow. NIV 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.