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

  • A disciple
    Dear Bob; I love the Book of 'The Preacher' or, 'The Summoner.' Some Bible expositors say that Ecclesiastes was a Book about Solomon's Non-Spirit filled attempt to figure out life. But what it really is, is a collection of examples used to call people to rise above this present existence, and all its vanity and vexation of spirit. The very Title of the Book implies Preaching and Calling Assembly.
  • Bob DeHaan
    I have gained much wisdom and understanding from this wonderful book called Ecclesiastes. The heart of man seeks all that is vanity in this world. We can not understand unless we give up our lives to Jesus Christ. We become new creations in Christ, seeking seeking An Eternal perspective instead of a vain and temporal perspective. Holy Spirit feed us the Bread of Life each new day!
  • Clarence Bagley
    could it be that Year's is only a myth if there is nothing new under the sun
  • 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

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