Parallel Verses

New Heart English Bible

When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

New American Standard Bible

When I pondered to understand this,
It was troublesome in my sight

King James Version

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

Holman Bible

When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless

International Standard Version

When I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me

A Conservative Version

When I thought how I might understand this, it was too painful for me,

American Standard Version

When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me;

Amplified


When I considered how to understand this,
It was too great an effort for me and too painful

Bible in Basic English

When my thoughts were turned to see the reason of this, it was a weariness in my eyes;

Darby Translation

When I thought to be able to know this, it was a grievous task in mine eyes;

Julia Smith Translation

And I shall think to know this, it is labor in mine eyes.

King James 2000

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

Lexham Expanded Bible

When I thought about [how] to understand this, it [was] troubling in my eyes

Modern King James verseion

When I thought deeply in order to understand this, it was painful for me,

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then thought I to understand this; but it was too hard for me,

NET Bible

When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me.

The Emphasized Bible

When I reasoned, that I might understand this, A vexation, it was in mine eyes:

Webster

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

World English Bible

When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

Youngs Literal Translation

And I think to know this, Perverseness it is in mine eyes,

Verse Info

Context Readings

God's Ways Vindicated

15 If I had said, "I will speak thus;" behold, I would have betrayed the generation of your children. 16 When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I entered God's sanctuary, and considered their latter end.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 8:17

then I saw all the work of God, that man can't find out the work that is done under the sun, because however much a man labors to seek it out, yet he won't find it. Yes even though a wise man thinks he can comprehend it, he won't be able to find it.

Psalm 36:6

Your righteousness is like the mountains of God. Your judgments are like a great deep. LORD, you preserve man and animal.

Psalm 39:6

"Surely every man walks like a shadow. Surely they busy themselves in vain. He heaps up, and doesn't know who shall gather.

Psalm 77:19

Your way was through the sea; your paths through the great waters. Your footsteps were not known.

Psalm 97:2

Clouds and darkness are around him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

Proverbs 30:2-3

"Surely I am the most ignorant man, and do not have a man's understanding.

Luke 18:32-34

For he will be delivered up to the Gentiles, will be mocked, treated shamefully, and spit on.

John 16:18-19

They said therefore, "What is this that he says, 'A little while?' We do not know what he is saying."

Romans 11:33

Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God. How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out.

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