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

  • Carolyn Rowe
    God gave Solomon wisdom greater than anyone before or after him, yet he ended up marrying 700 "strange " women ( heathens) who turned his heart from God to idols. Man at his best is vanity. He misuses God's gifts on his lust.
  • I perceive the knowledge of Geography as a subject already existing in full deta
    God is Omniscient. He knows everything, and we need to therefore fear Him alone who knows all things in secret and in the open, in dark or in light, in private or in public. Fear Him Alone!
  • Claude perea
    Jesus our Lord is all knowing all wise and all power yet most people in this life don't care to know him This I Would Say Is TRULY vanity
  • A disciple
    Pauson; this is something that many of us were taught, by those who didn't know themselves! The fact is, that Solomon had asked the LORD for this wisdom to be able to feed the people with knowledge and understanding. "The Preacher;" which is most accurately interpreted, "The Summoner, (one who calls to assembly);" was written for awakening men out of the vanities of this life, to bring them to God
  • Pauson
    Solomon could not understand his purpise of living. He served his interests rather than thinking about his legacy. All is vanity without christ.
  • Chris Powell
    All that we seek and have is vanity, listen to what the Lord is saying. We can own everything in this world but will never be satisfied.

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