Ecclesiastes 1:18

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Ecclesiastes 1:18

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 for Ecclesiastes 1:18

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 1:18

  • JOSEPH BAIDOO on Ecclesiastes 1:18
    solomon studied and explore by his wisdom. By HIM knowing that all things done under the earth was meaningless he GRIVED. According to ECC 2:17
  • Lezekiel Chyme on Ecclesiastes 1:18
    None were wiser than Jesus and as prophesied in Isaiah 53 3, it tells us that He is a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, so no contradiction. Wisdom brings true knowledge of the human condition, with all its tragic consequence.
  • Andrew Holland on Ecclesiastes 1:18
    When you receive wisdom you also receive understanding and knowledge You come to the UNDERSTANDING the world is dying and in need Millions die without knowing Christ Millions part of other religions If that does not put grief in you then i do not know what will You also come to the knowledge of what Christ did for us not only for the christian but for the unbeliever He died for all men so we might live In our own cities there are people living in sin not knowing who Jesus is their souls hanging in the balance if that does not create sorrow i do not know what will We must have a mourning heart for those who are lost and we must share the Gospel with a joyful heart
  • The one thing I became sorry for , is knowing that Jesus went
    through what He did in order to pay the price in full for all our sins.
    Knowing full well that without Him we would all be lost , He was not offended ,because He said Farther forgive them for they know not what they do . I am sorry He had to go through this for us .
  • Ada Ngozi Anyanwu on Ecclesiastes 1:18
    The entire book of Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon as inspired by the Holy Spirit. It's no wonder that the greatest gift given by God is Wisdom. It is written that "Wisdom is the principal thing", however paradoxically, verse 18 here expresses that the attainment of Wisdom brings grief, in this context, this is just proverbial and means that mankind must be mindful of the values of life. If we refer back to the previous verses of chapter 1, Ecclesiastes is giving us a deeper understanding of who God is and what Man's role in this life id. We know that man continues to strive most times for things that are corruptible, temporary, having lesser value for the things that are eternal and guaranteed. God indpired Solomon to take heed of knowledge which is just inferior and meaningless, but hidden in this chapter there is we ought to
    really seek God's intention for us and have a fulfilling life. In Genesis, God warns Adam and Eve not to eat fruit from a certain tree (the tree of knowledge - discernment of good and evil). The repercussions of too much knowledge can bring negative results if God is ignored. God is the highest authority in Wisdom and there is no end to His Superiority or Power. Man should submit to God in all things and begin to live a fulfilling life that brings eternal Joy, Peace and Love.
  • Zelia Logan-Smith on Ecclesiastes 1:18
    True knowledge comes from above and it is confirmed by The Holy Spirit as to being Truth. The ones who carry this Truth, are humble, loving and compassionate. These attributes brings on a desire for others to know, also. They bring on a Spirit of sharing. The woe and sorrow comes when it is rejected or when others continue to do and live under evil wisdom...thinking themselves true. This is Woe.
  • Zelia Logan-Smith on Ecclesiastes 1:18
    True knowledge comes from above and it is confirmed by The Holy Spirit as to being Truth. The ones who carry this Truth, are humble, loving and compassionate. These attributes brings on a desire for others to know, also. They bring on a Spirit of sharing. The woe and sorrow comes when it is rejected or when others continue to do and live under evil wisdom...thinking themselves true. This is Woe.


 

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