Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

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Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

RSV 12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. NIV 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. RSV 13 And I 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 the sons of men 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! RSV 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a striving 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. RSV 15 What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be numbered. NIV 15 What is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. RSV 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." RSV 17 And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving 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. RSV 18 For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow. NIV 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.