Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

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Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

MSG 12 Call me "the Quester." I've been king over Israel in Jerusalem. NIV 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. MSG 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. 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! MSG 14 I've seen it all and it's nothing but smoke - smoke, and spitting into the 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. MSG 15 Life's a corkscrew that can't be straightened, A minus that won't add up. NIV 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. MSG 16 I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled 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." MSG 17 What I've finally concluded is that so-called wisdom and knowledge are mindless and witless - nothing but spitting into the 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. MSG 18 Much learning earns you much trouble. The more you know, the more you hurt. NIV 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.