Ecclesiastes 2:12–17

Wisdom Excels Folly

12 So I turned to aconsider wisdom, madness and folly; for what will the man do who will come after the king except bwhat has already been done?

13 And I saw that awisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.

14 The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the afool walks in darkness. And yet I know that bone fate befalls them both.

15 Then I said 1to myself, “aAs is the fate of the fool, it will also befall me. bWhy then have I been extremely wise?” So 2I said to myself, “This too is vanity.”

16 For there is ano 1lasting remembrance of the wise man as with the fool, inasmuch as in the coming days all will be forgotten. And bhow the wise man and the fool alike die!

17 So I ahated life, for the work which had been done under the sun was 1grievous to me; because everything is futility and striving after wind.

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