Ecclesiastes 1:13
And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on the sons of men, to keep them occupied!
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Ecclesiastes 1:17
So I set my mind to know wisdom and madness and folly; I learned that this, too, is a pursuit of the wind.

Ecclesiastes 7:25
I directed my mind to understand, to explore, to search out wisdom and explanations, and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the folly of madness.

Ecclesiastes 8:9, 16, 17
All this I have seen, applying my mind to every deed that is done under the sun; there is a time when one man lords it over another to his own detriment. . . .

Psalm 111:2
Great are the works of the LORD; they are pondered by all who delight in them.

Proverbs 2:2-4
if you incline your ear to wisdom and direct your heart to understanding, . . .

Proverbs 4:7
Wisdom is supreme; therefore acquire wisdom. And whatever else you obtain, gain understanding.

Proverbs 18:1, 15
He who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. . . .

Proverbs 23:26
My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes delight in my ways.

1 Timothy 4:15
Be diligent in these matters and absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.

this sore

Ecclesiastes 3:10
I have seen the burden that God has laid on men to occupy them.

Ecclesiastes 4:4
I saw that all labor and success spring from a man's envy of his neighbor. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.

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.

Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your bread, until you return to the ground--because out of it were you taken. For dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

to be exercised or to afflict them

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New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I applied my mind to seek and explore through wisdom all that is done under heaven. God has given people this miserable task to keep them occupied.

International Standard Version
I dedicated myself to using wisdom for study and discovery of everything that is done under heaven. God uses terrible things so human beings will struggle with life.

NET Bible
I decided to carefully and thoroughly examine all that has been accomplished on earth. I concluded: God has given people a burdensome task that keeps them occupied.
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