Wisdom Surpasses Foolishness

12 So I turned to (A)consider wisdom, insanity, and foolishness; for what will the man do who will come after the king, except (B)what has already been done? 13 Then I saw that (C)wisdom surpasses foolishness as light surpasses darkness. 14 The wise person’s eyes are in his head, but the (D)fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that (E)one and the same fate happens to [a]both of them. 15 Then I said [b]to myself, “(F)As is the fate of the fool, it will also happen to me. (G)Why then have I been extremely wise?” So [c]I said to myself, “This too is futility.” 16 For there is (H)no [d]lasting remembrance of the wise, along with the fool, since in the coming days everything will [e]soon be forgotten. And (I)how the wise and the fool alike die! 17 So I (J)hated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was [f]unhappy to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

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Footnotes

  1. Ecclesiastes 2:14 Lit all of
  2. Ecclesiastes 2:15 Lit in my heart
  3. Ecclesiastes 2:15 Lit I spoke in my heart
  4. Ecclesiastes 2:16 Lit forever
  5. Ecclesiastes 2:16 Lit already
  6. Ecclesiastes 2:17 Lit evil