Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.

King James Version

And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

Holman Bible

I applied my mind to know wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly; I learned that this too is a pursuit of the wind.

International Standard Version

So I dedicated myself to learn about wisdom and knowledge, and about insanity and foolishness. And I discovered that this is also like chasing after the wind.

A Conservative Version

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

And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

Amplified

And I gave my mind to know [practical] wisdom and to discern [the character of] madness and folly [in which men seem to find satisfaction]; I perceived that this also is a searching after wind and a feeding on it.

Bible in Basic English

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.

Darby Translation

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And I gave my heart to know wisdom and knowledge and to know folly and those who are mad; I learned in the end that this also is vexation of spirit.

Julia Smith Translation

And I will give my heart to know wisdom, and the knowledge of praise and understanding: I knew this also it is the striving of the spirit

King James 2000

And I set my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is like grasping the wind.

Lexham Expanded Bible

So {I dedicated myself} to learn about wisdom and [to] learn about delusion and folly. However, I discovered that this also [is] chasing wind.

Modern King James verseion

And I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I know that this also is vexation of spirit.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

for thereunto I applied my mind: that I might know what were wisdom and understanding, what were error and foolishness. And I perceived that this also was but a vexation of mind:

NET Bible

So I decided to discern the benefit of wisdom and knowledge over foolish behavior and ideas; however, I concluded that even this endeavor is like trying to chase the wind!

New Heart English Bible

I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind.

The Emphasized Bible

yea I have given my heart, to know wisdom, and to know madness, and folly, - I know that, even this, is a feeding on wind.

Webster

And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

World English Bible

I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind.

Youngs Literal Translation

And I give my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I have known that even this is vexation of spirit;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
נתן 
Nathan 
Usage: 2011

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

הוללה 
Howlelah 
Usage: 5

and folly
שׂכלוּת סכלוּת 
Cikluwth 
Usage: 7

גּם 
Gam 
also, as, even, again, and,
Usage: 761

רעיון 
Ra`yown 
Usage: 3

References

Easton

Context Readings

Qohelet Introduces His Quest

16 I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge." 17 And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. 18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.



Cross References

Ecclesiastes 2:3

I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 1:13-14

And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with.

Ecclesiastes 2:10-12

All that my eyes desired I did not refuse them I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor.

Ecclesiastes 7:23-25

I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me.

1 Thessalonians 5:21

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;



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