Ecclesiastes 1:18

“For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For in much wisedome is much griefe: and hee that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge {results in} increasing pain.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Because in much wisdom is much grief, and increase of knowledge is increase of sorrow.
- Basic English Bible

For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
- Darby Bible

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
- Webster's Bible

For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
- World English Bible

for, in abundance of wisdom [is] abundance of sadness, and he who addeth knowledge addeth pain.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

For in much wisdom is much vexation; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:18


1:18 Grief - Or, displeasure within himself, and against his present condition. Sorrow - Which he does many ways, because he gets his knowledge with hard and wearisome labour, both of mind and body, with the consumption of his spirits, and shortening of his life; because he is often deceived with knowledge falsely so called, and often mistakes error for truth, and is perplexed with manifold doubts, from which ignorant men are wholly free; because he hath the clearer prospect into, and quicker sense of his own ignorance, and infirmities, and disorders, and withal how vain and ineffectual all his knowledge is for the prevention or removal of them; and because his knowledge is very imperfect and unsatisfying, yet increasing his thirst after more knowledge; lastly, because his knowledge quickly fades and dies with him, and then leaves him in no better, and possibly in a much worse condition than the meanest and most unlearned man in the world.


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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