New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Ecclesiastes 7:23–29

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23 I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, “I will be wise,” abut it was far from me.

24 What has been is remote and aexceedingly 1mysterious. bWho can discover it?

25 I 1adirected my 2mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.

26 And I discovered more abitter than death the woman whose heart is bsnares and nets, whose hands are chains. cOne who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but dthe sinner will be captured by her.

27 “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “adding one thing to another to find an explanation,

28 which 1I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a awoman among all these.

29 “Behold, I have found only this, that aGod made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”

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