Ecclesiastes 1:18
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New International Version
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

New Living Translation
The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.

English Standard Version
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

New American Standard Bible
Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.

King James Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For with much wisdom is much sorrow; as knowledge increases, grief increases.

International Standard Version
For with much wisdom there is much sorrow; the more someone adds to knowledge, the more someone adds to grief.

NET Bible
For with great wisdom comes great frustration; whoever increases his knowledge merely increases his heartache.

New Heart English Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
With a lot of wisdom [comes] a lot of heartache. The greater [your] knowledge, the greater [your] pain.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For in much wisdom is much vexation; And he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

New American Standard 1977
Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For in much wisdom is much grief, and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

King James 2000 Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

American King James Version
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

American Standard Version
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because In much wisdom there is much indignation: and he that addeth knowledge, addeth also labour.

Darby Bible Translation
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

English Revised Version
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Webster's Bible Translation
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

World English Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Young's Literal Translation
for, in abundance of wisdom is abundance of sadness, and he who addeth knowledge addeth pain.'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:12-18 Solomon tried all things, and found them vanity. He found his searches after knowledge weariness, not only to the flesh, but to the mind. The more he saw of the works done under the sun, the more he saw their vanity; and the sight often vexed his spirit. He could neither gain that satisfaction to himself, nor do that good to others, which he expected. Even the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom discovered man's wickedness and misery; so that the more he knew, the more he saw cause to lament and mourn. Let us learn to hate and fear sin, the cause of all this vanity and misery; to value Christ; to seek rest in the knowledge, love, and service of the Saviour.
Study Bible
With Wisdom Comes Sorrow
17And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. 18Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:23
Because all his days his task is painful and grievous; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:12
But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
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