Ecclesiastes 1:12-18New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Futility of Wisdom
12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem.13 And I set my [a]mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is [b]a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is [c]vanity and striving after wind.15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I [d]said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my [e]mind has observed [f]a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.”17 And I set my [g]mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
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