Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 2:12-17

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Ecclesiastes 2:12-17

NRS 12 So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the one do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done. NIV 12 Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done? NRS 13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. NIV 13 I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. NRS 14 The wise have eyes in their head, but fools walk in darkness. Yet I perceived that the same fate befalls all of them. NIV 14 The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both. NRS 15 Then I said to myself, "What happens to the fool will happen to me also; why then have I been so very wise?" And I said to myself that this also is vanity. NIV 15 Then I thought in my heart, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?" I said in my heart, "This too is meaningless." NRS 16 For there is no enduring remembrance of the wise or of fools, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How can the wise die just like fools? NIV 16 For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise man too must die! NRS 17 So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me; for all is vanity and a chasing after wind. NIV 17 So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.