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

  • Terry neil owens
    I think God is telling us he gives the knowledge we are searching for but they are also more sorrows that you share as you are searching.this world has its share of sorrows. Has you share witnessing with those Laden with burdens. Around you also what is now is probally a ready been. God knew it then God knows it now and He will know it tomorrow. He is the before. The now and forever Amen


  • Emelia
    What I can say is that in everything we are doing in this wold must to be done in the will of God .
  • 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.
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon

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