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I said to myself, “See, I have grown great by my own efforts; I have caused myself to grow

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in wisdom more than all that have been before me in

JERUSALEM, and my heart has greatly experienced wisdom

and knowledge.


I said to myself, “See, I have become very wealthy and powerful by my own efforts; I worked hard to expand my wisdom so it was more

than all that have

come before me in

THE REALM OF PEACE, and my inner being has thoroughly experienced wisdom

and knowledge.


1: “caused myself to grow”

This word means “added.” Both this verb and the preceding one are causative, meaning that he put forth the effort to make it happen. I don’t think he is taking credit away from God here. Rather, God granted him wisdom, but he purposefully and actively worked at expanding that wisdom by studying many topics, and honing the skills required to communicate that wisdom clearly and memorably. God gives us gifts and abilities, but then the “use it or lose it” principle comes into play. In that way, God and man both have a role.