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Ecclesiastes 2:12-16 World English Bible (WEB)

12 I turned myself to consider wisdom, madness, and folly: for what can the king’s successor do? Just that which has been done long ago. 13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly, as far as light excels darkness. 14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head, and the fool walks in darkness—and yet I perceived that one event happens to them all. 15 Then I said in my heart, “As it happens to the fool, so will it happen even to me; and why was I then more wise?” Then I said in my heart that this also is vanity. 16 For of the wise man, even as of the fool, there is no memory for ever, since in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. Indeed, the wise man must die just like the fool!

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Ecclesiastes 2:12-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Wisdom Excels Folly

12 So I turned to consider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except what has already been done? 13 And I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. 14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. And yet I know that one fate befalls them both. 15 Then I said [a]to myself, “As is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. Why then have I been extremely wise?” So [b]I said to myself, “This too is vanity.” 16 For there is no [c]lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And how the wise man and the fool alike die!

Footnotes:

  1. Ecclesiastes 2:15 Lit in my heart
  2. Ecclesiastes 2:15 Lit I spoke in my heart
  3. Ecclesiastes 2:16 Lit forever
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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