All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"—but this was beyond me.
I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me.
All along I have tried my best to let wisdom guide my thoughts and actions. I said to myself, "I am determined to be wise." But it didn’t really work.
I tested everything in my search for wisdom. I set out to be wise, but it was beyond me,
All this I have put to the test by wisdom; I said, I will be wise, but it was far from me.
All this I have tested by wisdom; I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me.
All this I have proved by wisdom. I said, "I will be wise"; But it was far from me.
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1 tn The cohortative אֶחְכָּמָה (’ekhkamah, from חָכַם, khakham,“to be wise”) emphasizes the resolve (determination) of Qoheleth to become wise enough to understand the perplexities of life.
2 tn Or “I am determined to become wise”
3 tn Or “but it eluded me”; Heb “but it was far from me.”