Ecclesiastes 7:23
All this I tested by wisdom, saying, "I resolve to be wise." But it was beyond me.
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Genesis 3:5
"For God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

1 Kings 3:11, 12
So God said to him, "Since you have asked for this instead of requesting long life or wealth for yourself or death for your enemies--but you have asked for discernment to administer justice-- . . .

1 Kings 11:1-8
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women along with the daughter of Pharaoh--women of Moab, Ammon, Edom, and Sidon, as well as Hittite women. . . .

Romans 1:22
Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools,

1 Corinthians 1:20
Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

Parallel Verses
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have tested all this by wisdom. I resolved, "I will be wise," but it was beyond me.

International Standard Version
I used my wisdom to test all of this. I said, "I want to be wise," but it was beyond me.

NET Bible
I have examined all this by wisdom; I said, "I am determined to comprehend this"--but it was beyond my grasp.
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