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

  • Doris
    God gave Solomon, the preacher more wisdom than any man before him. He study everything on the earth. He seeked for wisdom. God have him wisdom , knowledge and understanding. He studied the rivers and seas, the sun, people. He recognize that it was nothing new under the sun. What ever is being done now has been done before.
    The Old Testament is confirmed in the New.
    JESUS brought grace.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Alie J. Matthew 1:18; "Mary was with child, by the Holy Spirit". God caused her pregnancy; She gave birth to God; came to earth in the flesh.
  • 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.
  • Benjamin Ajayi
    This is very very Educative for a devoted child of God who considered
    this world we are as vanity...all our race in the world is all but vanity.
  • Geraldine cole
    This means there is nothing new under the sun everything that is sun under the sun which mean on the earth everything has happen before and God gave the knowledge for it all
  • 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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