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Ecclesiastes 1:12–14

The Vanity of Wisdom

12 I othe Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I papplied my heart6 to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy qbusiness that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is rvanity7 and a striving after wind.8

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The Hebrew term denotes the center of one’s inner life, including mind, will, and emotions

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The Hebrew term hebel can refer to a “vapor” or “mere breath” (see note on 1:2)

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Or a feeding on wind; compare Hosea 12:1 (also in Ecclesiastes 1:17; 2:11, 17, 26; 4:4, 6, 16; 6:9)