Ecclesiastes 1:17

“And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I gaue my heart to know wisedome, and to know madnesse and folly: I perceiued that this also is vexation of spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I gave my heart to getting knowledge of wisdom, and of the ways of the foolish. And I saw that this again was desire for wind.
- Basic English Bible

And I applied my heart to the knowledge of wisdom, and to the knowledge of madness and folly: I perceived that this also is a striving after the wind.
- Darby Bible

And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
- Webster's Bible

I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind.
- World English Bible

And I give my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I have known that even this [is] vexation of spirit;
- Youngs Literal Bible

And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly--I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:17


1:17 To know - That I might throughly understand the nature and difference of truth and error, of virtue and vice.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • Irene123
    1 Kgs.3:9 - Solomon asked for understanding (wisdom) in judging ALL the people, all by himself, no appointing others, as Moses did, in helping with this. Solomon was rather self-centered, but God could, and did use him, but Solomon's end was - bad. He totally left the Lord.
  • Irene123
    To Michael C. on Eccl. - God will grant you what you want; no matter if it's for His glory or your own. Solomon did not follow after the Lord as David his father did: you need to read the WHOLE chap. of 1 KGS. 11. God granted Solomon wisdom, but God KNEW why he asked for wisdom instead of a heart to follow after God. Had he asked for such a heart - God would have granted it, and wisdom.
  • Michael C.
    The Book of the Preacher, or, The Summoner; is exactly that! The Spirit searches the deep things of God, and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Solomon's desire, from the day he took the throne, was to worthily follow in the steps of his father, "A man after the LORD's own heart, who would fulfill all His will." His desire was to feed Israel with knowledge and wisdom from God.
  • Alie jent
    There is no new thing under
    the sun. What has happened
    or occuring in your life has
    occured before. What we
    are seeing today was there
    already. eg. Artificial
    insemination. Joseph did
    not sleep with marry but
    marry got pregnant. eg2.
    elevator: Jacob saw angels
    running to and fro in his
    dreams. Women crying for
    children. Hannah did the
    same thing.
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon
  • Linda Johnson for verse 10
    I'm not really sure, it looks like it is saying history repeats itself, however,. one must read with the mind of Christ in the spirit of the living God...

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