Ecclesiastes 2:12
Parallel Verses
New Living Translation
So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?).

King James Bible
And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

Darby Bible Translation
And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly; for what shall the man do that cometh after the king? that which hath already been done.

World English Bible
I turned myself to consider wisdom, madness, and folly: for what can the king's successor do? Just that which has been done long ago.

Young's Literal Translation
And I turned to see wisdom, and madness, and folly, but what is the man who cometh after the king? that which is already -- they have done it!

Ecclesiastes 2:12 Parallel
Commentary
Wesley's Notes on the Bible

2:12 I turned - Being frustrated of my hopes in pleasure, I returned to a second consideration of my first choice, to see whether there was not more satisfaction to be gotten from wisdom, than I discovered at my first view. Done - As by others, so especially by myself. They can make no new discoveries as to this point. They can make no more of the pleasures of sense than I have done. Let me then try once more, whether wisdom can give happiness.

Ecclesiastes 2:12 Parallel Commentaries

Library
A Discourse of the House and Forest of Lebanon
OF THE HOUSE OF THE FOREST OF LEBANON. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. That part of Palestine in which the celebrated mountains of Lebanon are situated, is the border country adjoining Syria, having Sidon for its seaport, and Land, nearly adjoining the city of Damascus, on the north. This metropolitan city of Syria, and capital of the kingdom of Damascus, was strongly fortified; and during the border conflicts it served as a cover to the Assyrian army. Bunyan, with great reason, supposes that, to keep
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

The Eternity of Heaven's Happiness.
Having endeavored, in the foregoing pages, to form to ourselves some idea of the glorious happiness reserved for us in heaven, there still remains to say something of its crowning glory--the eternity of its duration. This is not only its crowning glory, but it is, moreover, an essential constituent of that unspeakable joy which now inebriates the souls of the blessed. A moment's reflection will make this evident. Let us suppose, for the sake of illustration, that on the last day, God should thus
F. J. Boudreaux—The Happiness of Heaven

Solomon's Repentance
Twice during Solomon's reign the Lord had appeared to him with words of approval and counsel--in the night vision at Gibeon, when the promise of wisdom, riches, and honor was accompanied by an admonition to remain humble and obedient; and after the dedication of the temple, when once more the Lord exhorted him to faithfulness. Plain were the admonitions, wonderful the promises, given to Solomon; yet of him who in circumstances, in character, and in life seemed abundantly fitted to heed the charge
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

The Outbreak of the Arian Controversy. The Attitude of Eusebius.
About the year 318, while Alexander was bishop of Alexandria, the Arian controversy broke out in that city, and the whole Eastern Church was soon involved in the strife. We cannot enter here into a discussion of Arius' views; but in order to understand the rapidity with which the Arian party grew, and the strong hold which it possessed from the very start in Syria and Asia Minor, we must remember that Arius was not himself the author of that system which we know as Arianism, but that he learned the
Eusebius Pamphilius—Church History

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:9
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.

Ecclesiastes 1:10
Sometimes people say, "Here is something new!" But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.

Ecclesiastes 1:17
So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind.

Ecclesiastes 3:15
What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again.

Jump to Previous
Ago Already Consider Except Folly Foolish King's Madness Search Successor Thoughts Turned Ways Wisdom
Jump to Next
Ago Already Consider Except Folly Foolish King's Madness Search Successor Thoughts Turned Ways Wisdom
Links
Ecclesiastes 2:12 NIV
Ecclesiastes 2:12 NLT
Ecclesiastes 2:12 ESV
Ecclesiastes 2:12 NASB
Ecclesiastes 2:12 KJV

Ecclesiastes 2:12 Bible Apps
Ecclesiastes 2:12 Biblia Paralela
Ecclesiastes 2:12 Chinese Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:12 French Bible
Ecclesiastes 2:12 German Bible

Ecclesiastes 2:12 Commentaries

Bible Hub
Ecclesiastes 2:11
Top of Page
Top of Page