Ecclesiastes 1:18
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English Standard Version
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"I, Koheleth, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem." That of the two possible interpretations of הייתי, "I have become" and "I have been," not the former (Grtz), but the latter, is to be here adopted, has been already shown. We translate better by "I have been" - for the verb here used is a pure perfect - than by "I was" (Ew., Elst., Hengst., Zck.), with which Bullock (Speaker's Comm., vol. IV, 1873) compares the expression Quand j'tois roi ! which was often used by Louis XIV towards the end of his life. But here the expression is not a cry of complaint, like the "fuimus Troes," but a simple historical statement, by which the Preacher of the vanity of all earthly things here introduces himself, - it is Solomon, resuscitated by the author of the book, who here looks back on his life as king. "Israel" is the whole of Israel, and points to a period before the division of the kingdom; a king over Judah alone would not so describe himself. Instead of "king על (over) Israel," the old form of the language uses frequently simply "king of Israel," although also the former expression is sometimes found; cf. 1 Samuel 15:26; 2 Samuel 19:23; 1 Kings 11:37. He has been king, - king over a great, peaceful, united people; king in Jerusalem, the celebrated, populous, highly-cultivated city, - and thus placed on an elevation having the widest survey, and having at his disposal whatever can make a man happy; endowed, in particular, with all the means of gaining knowledge, which accorded with the disposition of his heart searching after wisdom (cf. 1 Kings 3:9-11; 1 Kings 5:9).

But in his search after worldly knowledge he found no satisfaction.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make yourself over wise: why should you destroy yourself ?

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...

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

1 Corinthians 3:18-20 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise...

James 3:13-17 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom...

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Ecclesiastes 2:23
For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:12
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

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