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Ecclesiastes 1:17

    Ecclesiastes 1:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I gave my heart to getting knowledge of wisdom, and of the ways of the foolish. And I saw that this again was desire for wind.

    Webster's Revision

    And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

    World English Bible

    I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also was a striving after wind.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:17

    To know madness and folly - הוללות ושכלות holloth vesichluth. Παραβολας και επιστημην, "Parables and science." - Septuagint. So the Syriac; nearly so the Arabic.

    "What were error and foolishness." - Coverdale. Perhaps gayety and sobriety may be the better meaning for these two difficult words. I can scarcely think they are taken in that bad sense in which our translation exhibits them. "I tried pleasure in all its forms; and sobriety and self-abnegation to their utmost extent." Choheleth paraphrases, "Even fools and madmen taught me rules."

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:17

    To know madness and folly - A knowledge of folly would help him to discern wisdom, and to exercise that chief function of practical wisdom - to avoid folly.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 1:17

    1:17 To know - That I might throughly understand the nature and difference of truth and error, of virtue and vice.