Cross-references Explore similar Bible verses on Ecclesiastes 2:12 in English Standard Version "So I turned to consider wisdom and madness and folly. For what can the man do who comes after the king? Only what has already been done." Ec 1:9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Ec 1:17 And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. Ec 7:25 I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.