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 1:17

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