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Ecclesiastes 2:12-16 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Maybe Wisdom Is the Answer

12 Then I ·began to think again about being wise,
    and also about being foolish and doing crazy things [L turned my attention to observe wisdom and mad folly].
After all, what more can anyone who comes after the king do?
    He can’t do more than what the king has already done [C If the king couldn’t find meaning in life, then no one could].
13 I saw that ·being wise is certainly better than being foolish [L there was more profit in wisdom than folly],
    just as light is ·better [more profitable] than darkness.
14 Wise people ·see where they are going [L have eyes in their head],
    but fools walk around in the dark.
Yet I know that
    both wise and foolish ·people end the same way [L have the same fate; C death].

15 I ·thought to myself [L said in my heart],
“·What happens to a fool will happen to me [L The fate of the fool is my fate], too,
    so ·what is the reward for being [L why have I become so] wise?”
I said to myself,
    “·Being wise [L This] is also useless [1:2].”
16 No one will remember the wise or the fool for long.
    ·In the future, [L The days will come only too soon when] both will be forgotten.
    How will the wise person die?
    Like the fool?

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