Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 NIV

Wisdom Is Meaningless

12 I, the Teacher,1 was king over Israel in Jerusalem.2

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      13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven.3 What a heavy burden God has laid on men!4

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      14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.5

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      15 What is twisted cannot be straightened;6 what is lacking cannot be counted.

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      16 I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me;7 I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."

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      17 Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom,8 and also of madness and folly,9 but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.

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      18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow;10 the more knowledge, the more grief.11

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