New International Version
For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.
King James Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Darby Bible Translation
For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
World English Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
Young's Literal Translation
for, in abundance of wisdom is abundance of sadness, and he who addeth knowledge addeth pain.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For in much wisdom is much grief - The more we know of ourselves the less satisfied shall we be with our own hearts; and the more we know of mankind the less willing shall we be to trust them, and the less shall we admire them.
Be that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow - And why so? Because, independently of God, the principal objects of knowledge are natural and moral evils.
The Targum gives a curious paraphrase here: "The man who multiplies wisdom, when he sins and is not converted to repentance, multiplies the indignation of God against himself; and the man who adds science, and yet dies in his childhood, adds grief of heart to his relatives." A man in science; a foolish child in conduct. How pained must they be who had the expense of his education! But there are many men-children of this sort in every age and country.
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'This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith.--ECCLES. i. 13. 'He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.'--HEBREWS xii. 10. These two texts set before us human life as it looks to two observers. The former admits that God shapes it; but to him it seems sore travail, the expenditure of much trouble and efforts; the results of which seem to be nothing beyond profitless exercise. There is an immense activity and nothing to show for it at the end …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Birth and Training. His Life in Cæsarea Until the Outbreak of the Persecution.
How to Make Use of Christ as the Truth, for Growth in Knowledge.
All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.
Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
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