Ecclesiastes 7:25
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New International Version
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.

New Living Translation
I searched everywhere, determined to find wisdom and to understand the reason for things. I was determined to prove to myself that wickedness is stupid and that foolishness is madness.

English Standard Version
I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.

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 Bible
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 Christian Standard 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.

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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I turned my attention to study, to explore, and to seek out wisdom and the reason for things. I learned that wickedness is stupid and foolishness is madness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I turned about, and applied my heart to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason of things, and to know wickedness to be folly, and foolishness to be madness;

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 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 and the madness of error;

King James 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, even of foolishness and madness:

American King James Version
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:

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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent:

Darby Bible 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;

English Revised 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:

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Young's 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.
Study Bible
Limits of Human Wisdom
24What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it? 25I 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. 26And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.…
Word Study

I applied
cabab  (saw-bab')
to revolve, surround, or border; used in various applications, literally and figuratively (as follows)

mine heart
leb  (labe)
the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect

to know
yada`  (yaw-dah')
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially

and to search
tuwr  (toor)
to meander (causatively, guide) about, especially for trade or reconnoitring -- chap(-man), sent to descry, be excellent, merchant(-man), search (out), seek, (e-)spy (out).

and to seek out
baqash  (baw-kash')
to search out (by any method, specifically in worship or prayer); by implication, to strive after

wisdom
chokmah  (khok-maw')
wisdom (in a good sense) -- skilful, wisdom, wisely, wit.

and the reason
cheshbown  (khesh-bone')
contrivance; by implication, intelligence -- account, device, reason.

of things and to know
yada`  (yaw-dah')
to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially

the wickedness
resha`  (reh'-shah)
a wrong (especially moral) -- iniquity, wicked(-ness).

of folly
kecel  (keh'-sel)
fatness, i.e. by implication (literally) the loin (as the seat of the leaf fat) or (generally) the viscera; also (figuratively) silliness or (in a good sense) trust

even of foolishness
cikluwth  (sik-looth')
silliness -- folly, foolishness.

and madness
howlelah  (ho-lay-law')
folly -- madness.

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:23-29 Solomon, in his search into the nature and reason of things, had been miserably deluded. But he here speaks with godly sorrow. He alone who constantly aims to please God, can expect to escape; the careless sinner probably will fall to rise no more. He now discovered more than ever the evil of the great sin of which he had been guilty, the loving many strange women,
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:13
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 1:15
What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.

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 10:13
the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness.
Treasury of Scripture

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:

I applied mine heart

Ecclesiastes 1:13-17 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all …

Ecclesiastes 2:1-3,12,20 I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore …

the reason

Ecclesiastes 7:27 Behold, this have I found, said the preacher, counting one by one, …

Ecclesiastes 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happens to the fool, so it happens …

Ecclesiastes 3:16,17 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness …

Ecclesiastes 9:1,2 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that …

Jeremiah 12:1,2 Righteous are you, O LORD, when I plead with you: yet let me talk …

2 Peter 2:3-9 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise …

2 Peter 3:3-9 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, …

know

Ecclesiastes 9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that …

Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end …

Genesis 34:7 And the sons of Jacob came out of the field when they heard it: and …

Joshua 7:13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to …

2 Samuel 13:12 And she answered him, No, my brother, do not force me; for no such …

Proverbs 17:12 Let a bear robbed of her whelps meet a man, rather than a fool in his folly.

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

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