Parallel Verses

Lexham Expanded Bible

I set my mind to try to seek wisdom and the plan, and to know that wickedness [is] foolishness and that folly [is] delusion.

New American Standard Bible

I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.

King James Version

I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:

Holman Bible

I turned my thoughts to know, explore, and seek wisdom and an explanation [for things], and to know that wickedness is stupidity and folly is madness.

International Standard Version

I committed myself to understand, to learn, to search for wisdom and explanations, and to understand both the evil that is foolishness and the stupidity that is delusion.

A Conservative Version

I turned about, and my heart [was set] to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason [of things], and to know that wickedness is folly, and that foolishness is madness.

American Standard Version

I turned about, and my heart was set to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason of things , and to know that wickedness is folly, and that foolishness is madness.

Amplified

I turned about [penitent] and my heart was set to know and to search out and to seek [true] wisdom and the reason of things, and to know that wickedness is folly and that foolishness is madness [and what had led me into such wickedness and madness].

Bible in Basic English

I gave my mind to knowledge and to searching for wisdom and the reason of things, and to the discovery that sin is foolish, and that to be foolish is to be without one's senses.

Darby Translation

I turned, I and my heart, to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom and reason, and to know wickedness to be folly, and foolishness to be madness;

Jubilee 2000 Bible

I applied my heart to know and to search and to seek out wisdom and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the madness of error;

Julia Smith Translation

I went round about, I and my heart., to know, and to examine, and to search out wisdom and understanding, and to know the injustice of folly, and the folly of wickedness:

King James 2000

I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:

Modern King James verseion

I set my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness;

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

I applied my mind also to knowledge, and to seek out science, wisdom and understanding: to know the foolishness of the ungodly, and the error of doting fools.

NET Bible

I tried to understand, examine, and comprehend the role of wisdom in the scheme of things, and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the insanity of folly.

New Heart English Bible

I turned around, and my heart sought to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity, and that foolishness is madness.

The Emphasized Bible

Resolved, I, in my heart, to know and search out, and to seek wisdom, and a conclusion, - and to know lawlessness to be stupidity, and folly to be madness.

Webster

I applied my heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:

World English Bible

I turned around, and my heart sought to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know that wickedness is stupidity, and that foolishness is madness.

Youngs Literal Translation

I have turned round, also my heart, to know and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and reason, and to know the wrong of folly, and of foolishness the madness.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
סבב 
Cabab 
Usage: 157

and to search
תּוּר 
Tuwr 
Usage: 23

and to seek out
בּקשׁ 
Baqash 
Usage: 225

חכמה 
Chokmah 
Usage: 149

and the reason
חשׁבּון 
Cheshbown 
Usage: 3

רשׁע 
Resha` 
Usage: 30

of folly
כּסל 
Kecel 
Usage: 13

שׂכלוּת סכלוּת 
Cikluwth 
Usage: 7

Devotionals

Devotionals containing Ecclesiastes 7:25

References

Easton

Hastings

Images Ecclesiastes 7:25

Context Readings

Absolute Wisdom Is Unattainable

24 {Whatever is--it is far beyond comprehension}. Who can discover it? 25 I set my mind to try to seek wisdom and the plan, and to know that wickedness [is] foolishness and that folly [is] delusion. 26 I myself found [that] more bitter than death [is] the woman who [is] a trap, whose heart [is] a snare, and whose hands [are] bonds. The one who pleases God escapes from her, but the sinner is caught by her.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 10:13

He begins by saying what is foolish and ends by uttering what is wicked delusion.

Genesis 34:7

And the sons of Jacob came in from the field when they heard [it]. And the men were distressed and very angry because he had done a disgraceful thing in Israel by having sexual relations with the daughter of Jacob--{something that} should not be done.

Joshua 7:13

Get up, sanctify the people, and say, 'Sanctify yourselves for tomorrow. Thus says Yahweh the God of Israel: "[There are] devoted things in your midst, O Israel. You will be unable to stand before you enemies until you remove the devoted things from your midst."

2 Samuel 13:12

Then Tamar said to him, "No, my brother! Do not force me, for such a thing has not been done in Israel. Do not do this disgraceful thing!

Proverbs 17:12

[May] a man meet a she-bear robbed of offspring and not a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 26:11

Like a dog returning to his vomit [is] a fool reverting to his folly.

Ecclesiastes 1:13-17

I applied my mind to seek and to search by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. It [is] a grievous task God has given to {humans}.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3

I said {to myself}, "Come! I will test pleasure {to see whether it is worthwhile}." But look, "This also [is] vanity!"

Ecclesiastes 2:12

Next, I considered wisdom, as well as delusion and folly. What can anyone [do] who will come after the king that has not already been done?

Ecclesiastes 2:15

So I said {to myself}, "{If I also suffer the same fate as the fool}, {what advantage is my great wisdom}?" So I said {to myself}, "This also [is] vanity!"

Ecclesiastes 2:20

So {I began to despair} of all the toil with which I toiled under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17

I saw something else under the sun: instead of justice [there was] evil; instead of righteousness [there was] wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 7:27

"Look! I found this," said the Teacher, "while trying to find how the plan fits together.

Ecclesiastes 9:1-3

So all this I laid to my heart, and I concluded that the righteous and the wise, as well as their deeds, [are] in the hand of God. So no one knows anything that will [come] to them, whether [it will be] love or hatred.

Jeremiah 12:1-2

You [will be] in the right, Yahweh, when I complain to you. Even so, let me speak [my] claims with you. Why does [the] way of [the] wicked succeed? All those who deal treacherously with treachery are at ease.

2 Peter 2:3-9

And in greediness they will exploit you with false words, whose condemnation [from] long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.

2 Peter 3:3-9

above all knowing this, that in the last days scoffers will come with scoffing, following according to their own desires

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