Parallel Bible results for Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

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Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

NAS 12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. NIV 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. NAS 13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. NIV 13 I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! NAS 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and 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. NAS 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted. NIV 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. NAS 16 I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge." NIV 16 I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” NAS 17 And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is 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. NAS 18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain. NIV 18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

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