Ecclesiastes 1:18
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.

Berean Study Bible
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow, and as knowledge grows, grief increases.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
The more you know, the more you hurt; the more you understand, the more you suffer.

Good News Translation
The wiser you are, the more worries you have; the more you know, the more it hurts.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For in the abundance of wisdom is abundance of knowledge; and he that increases knowledge will increase 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.'
Study Bible
With Wisdom Comes Sorrow
17So I set my mind to know wisdom and madness and folly; I learned that this, too, is a pursuit of the wind. 18For with much wisdom comes much sorrow, and as knowledge grows, grief increases.
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:23
Indeed, all his days are filled with grief, and his task is sorrowful; even at night, his mind does not rest. This too is futile.

Ecclesiastes 12:12
But beyond these, my son, be warned: There is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body.

Treasury of Scripture

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

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Ecclesiastes 2:15
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 7:16
Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Ecclesiastes 12:12,13
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh…







Lexicon
For
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

with much
בְּרֹ֥ב (bə·rōḇ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

wisdom
חָכְמָ֖ה (ḥāḵ·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2451: Wisdom

comes much
רָב־ (rāḇ-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

sorrow,
כָּ֑עַס (kā·‘as)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3708: Vexation, anger

and as knowledge
דַּ֖עַת (da·‘aṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1847: Knowledge

grows,
וְיוֹסִ֥יף (wə·yō·w·sîp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment

grief
מַכְאֽוֹב׃ (maḵ·’ō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4341: Anguish, affliction

increases.
יוֹסִ֥יף (yō·w·sîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3254: To add, augment
(18) Grief.--Irritation.

Verse 18. - For in much wisdom is much grief. The more one knows of men's lives, the deeper insight one obtains of their actions and circumstances, the greater is the cause of grief at the incomplete and unsatisfactory nature of all human affairs. He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow; not in others, but in himself. With added experience and more minute examination, the wise man becomes more conscious of his own ignorance and impotence, of the un-sympathizing and uncontrollable course of nature, of the gigantic evils which he is powerless to remedy; this causes his sorrowful confession (ver. 17b). St. Gregory, taking the religious view of the passage, comments, "The more a man begins to know what he has lost the more he begins to bewail the sentence of his corruption, which he has met with" ('Moral.,' 18:65); and, "He that already knows the high state which he does not as yet enjoy is the more grieved for the low condition in which he is yet held" (ibid., 1:34). The statement in our text is paralleled in Ecclus. 21:12, "There is a wisdom which multiplieth bitterness," and contrasted in Wisd. 8:16 with the comfort and pleasure which true wisdom brings.



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.
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