New American Standard Bible
I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me.
King James Bible
All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
Darby Bible Translation
All this have I tried by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.
World English Bible
All this have I proved in wisdom. I said, "I will be wise;" but it was far from me.
Young's Literal Translation
All this I have tried by wisdom; I have said, 'I am wise,' and it is far from me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
I will be - Or, I am. There was a time when Solomon thought himself wise enough to comprehend the work of God, and therefore needed for himself the self-humbling conviction declared in this verse.
It - i. e. Wisdom. Compare Ecclesiastes 8:17.
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He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.
For you also have realized that you likewise have many times cursed others.
and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.
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