Ecclesiastes 1:16

NET ©

I thought to myself, “I have become much wiser than any of my predecessors who ruled over Jerusalem; I have acquired much wisdom and knowledge.”

NIV ©

I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."

NASB ©

I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."

NLT ©

I said to myself, "Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them."

MSG ©

I said to myself, "I know more and I'm wiser than anyone before me in Jerusalem. I've stockpiled wisdom and knowledge."

BBE ©

I said to my heart, See, I have become great and am increased in wisdom more than any who were before me in Jerusalem—yes, my heart has seen much wisdom and knowledge.

NRSV ©

I said to myself, "I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge."

NKJV ©

I communed with my heart, saying, "Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge."

KJV
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with mine own heart
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and have gotten
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than all [they] that have been before
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NET © [draft] ITL
I thought
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to myself
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, “I
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have
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become much
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wiser
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than any
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of my predecessors
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who ruled
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over
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Jerusalem
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; I
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have acquired
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much
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wisdom
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and knowledge
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.”
NET © Notes

tn Heb “I spoke, I, with my heart.”

tn Heb “I, look, I have made great and increased wisdom.” The expression הִגְדַּלְתִּי וְהוֹסַפְתִּי (higdalti vÿhosafti) is a verbal hendiadys; it means that Qoheleth had become the wisest man in the history of Jerusalem.

tn The phrase “who ruled” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is supplied in the translation for clarity.

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tn Heb “my heart” (לִבִּי, libbi). The term “heart” is a metonymy of part for the whole (“my heart” = myself).

tn Heb “My heart has seen much wisdom and knowledge.”