It is not strange that where men are so bad, and the best of them thought so ill of women, they were no better. Ecclesiastes 7:29 - Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.' In connection with the declaration—"one woman have I not found under all these," that is, amongst the possessors of wisdom, the fact must be taken into consideration, that no writing by a woman is to be found in the entire Old and New Testaments. Solomon's recommendation as the solution for all these exceptions to what should have been was his own version of Epicureans: Eat drink and enjoy life. Some scholars see this chapter as an attempt to answer the question implied in Eccl. Or, “That which has been named - i. e., events past or current, either Ecclesiastes 1:9 as they present themselves to man, or Ecclesiastes 3:15 as they are ordered by God - was long ago (i. e., was decreed, its nature and place were defined by the Almighty), and was known that it is man;” i. e., the course of events shapes the conduct and character of man, so that what he … Haud facile iuvenies multis e milibus unum. 3. Among a thousand, with whom I have conversed. Ecclesiastes 7:28 - which I am still seeking but have not found. Nothing but a complete misapprehension, confounding the woman here with the one in Ecclesiastes 7:26, when they have nothing whatever to do with each other, could have given rise to such explanations as that of Hitzig—"among a thousand men I found an, upright man, but not one good woman." Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes Ecclesiastes 7:28 : Ecclesiastes 8:1 >> Ecclesiastes 7:23-29. Himself the author does not reckon amongst these chosen few, without thereby giving up the claim to canonical authority which he expressly makes at the close of the book. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:23-29 (Read Ecclesiastes 7:23-29) Solomon, in his search into the nature and reason of things, had been miserably deluded. Idyll. But these and many of the like sayings against the female sex have been vomited forth by the devil out of pure hatred and venom towards God and His work, meaning in this way to disgust every man with the married state, and with God's word." Luther observes, "amongst the heathen there was a saying—tria mala, mala pessima, ignis, aqua, femina, that is, there can be nothing worse than what these three can do, to wit, fire, water, woman. Hebrew purpose or desire, put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6, for the effect of it. Ecclesiastes 5:11 - When good things increase, those who consume them increase. (J. 1 Since Solomon only found one righteous or wise man among a 1000 that he could trust, and found one less woman, his conclusion isn"t that women are inferior to men, but rather, wise, godly people among both sexes are scarce! Ecclesiastes 4:13. ', Rather, referring to his past experience, “Which my soul sought further, but I found not.”. App-13. See note on Ecclesiastes 3:1, and App-76.. This sentence of Solomon has been often quoted to show the utter worthlessness of the female character. Hebrew. Verses 2-4. What is discussed is wisdom, the fathoming of the nature of things, of the depths of the Godhead. No perfect “woman” has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. Koheleth would get better figures today, both absolutely and proportionally. And yet, on a wider search, Solomon did find some godly men and women (Book of Proverbs). Ver. 28. Ecclesiastes 7:28. Ecclesiastes 9:11. There is a place in Wiltshire called Stonhenge, for various great stones lying and standing there together: of which stones it is said, (a) that though a man number them "one by one" never so carefully, yet that he cannot find the true number of them, but that every time he numbers them he finds a different number from that he found before. Ecclesiastes 6:9 â "Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire" - Comments- It is better to be happy and contented with what one actually possesses, than to be dissatisfied because of a desire for things that cannot be … It was not given to Solomon, wise as he was, to limn the picture of the virtuous woman, but to another king whose wisdom was derived from the inspiration of his mother. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her. A woman lays hold of a child better with her little finger than a man with his two fists. But he here speaks with godly sorrow. If, as some have thought, the thousand women reviewed were the three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines of the Solomonic harem, no wonder if the poor things were no better! on StudyLight.org Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not.] Ecclesiastes 7:10. Among — In that thousand whom I have taken into intimate society with myself. A woman — One worthy of that name; one who is not a dishonour to her sex. Hebrew. There is a very great scarcity of good people. Commentary. I hope to do justice to the true intent of the author. Behold, saith the preacher — Or, the penitent, who speaks what he hath learned, both by deep study and costly experience; this have I found — And it is a strange thing, and worthy of your serious observation; counting one by one — Considering things or persons, very exactly and distinctly, one after another; to find out the account — That I might make a … KJ21. Choose a verse from 'Ecclesiastes 7' to begin your 'Verse-by-Verse' study of God's Word using the more than 100 commentaries available on StudyLight.org &c.] This is a common opinion, that in all ages prevails among men, that former times were better than present ones; that trade flourished more, and men got more wealth and riches, and lived in greater ease and plenty; and complain that their lot is cast in such hard times, and are ready to … Better [is] a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king… The wise man proceeds to show the vanity of worldly power and dignity, in the highest instance of it, which is kingly; and, in order to illustrate and exemplify this, he supposes, on the one hand, a person possessed of royal honour; who has long enjoyed it, is settled in his kingdom, and advanced in … In fact, Solomon found the same thing that Jesus will later note, i.e. A woman - The number of Solomon‘s wives and concubines 1 Kings 11:3 was a thousand. Ecclesiastes 7:27-28. I have... - Interlinear Study Bible Compare further Ecclesiastes 8:17. (28) One man among a thousand.—See Job 9:3; Job 33:23. (Ecclesiastes 8:15). Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of “man.” “Chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. The Targum is, "there is another thing which yet my soul seeketh, and I have not found; a man perfect and innocent, without corruption, from the days of Adam, till Abraham the righteous was born; who was found faithful and just among the thousand kings who were gathered together to build the tower of Babel; and a woman among all the wives of those kings, as Sarah, I found not. 2. What was to make them better? One man; one worthy of the name of a man; a wise and virtuous man. These are as Gideon’s three hundred, when the wicked, as the Midianites, lie "like grasshoppers for multitude upon the earth," [ 7:7; 7:12] and as those Syrians, [1 Kings 20:27] they fill the country, they darken the air, as the swarms did the land of Egypt; and there is plenty of such dust heaps in every corner. — That is, The investigation is not yet concluded, so that the result. A woman; one worthy of that name; one who is not a dishonour to her kind and sex, who is not brutish in her disposition and conversation. It lies beyond the degree of woman, whose characteristic is in these respects predominantly receptive, not productive, and whose real sphere of independent action is quite another. The disparaging estimate of the female sex here expressed is common in countries where polygamy is practised. Ecclesiastes 7:29. 6:12, "Who knoweth what is good for man"? Ecclesiastes 7:28 Just one out of every thousand men I interviewed can be said to be upright, but not one woman! one man — that is, worthy of the name, “man,” “upright”; not more than one in a thousand of my courtiers (Job 33:23; Psalm 12:1). Concerning Illustrious Women. Bennet.). So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? The proof of this doctrine, taken, 1. A woman among all those have I not found. God is allowing us some insight into Solomon's heart and life. This entire section examines wise judgment, whether the source of our problems is God, fellow man, or ourselves.We must ask ourselves if we are truly making an effort to pursue holiness, without which, Paul says in Hebrews 12:14, “no one will see the Lord.”Is that where our problem lies? Mohammed said, that only four good women had ever lived: the wife of Pharaoh, the mother of Jesus, and his own wife and daughter. Ecclesiastes 1 In this chapter we have, I. It is easy to observe, saith one, that the New Testament affords more store of good wives than the Old. He That is higher, &c. = the high … 2. Verse 8. poor = needy, in want. It is credible enough that Solomon, with his thousand wives, did not find a good one among them; but see Proverbs 18:22; Proverbs 19:14; Proverbs 31:10. Woman's high province is the family (1 Timothy 2:11-15); not independent research in the depths of the divine ways. Auson. One man among a thousand.] To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not, but a woman among all those have I not found. One Prayer of Manasseh 1:-1 :e., worthy of the name "man," "upright:" not more than one in a thousand of my courtiers (Job 33:23; Psalms 12:1). Compare the expression “one among a thousand” (marginal reference). — That is, The investigation is not yet concluded, so that the result may yet be altered. One’ a thousand — A very beggarly proportion, to say the least, of pure, true, and good men! Pearls are not to be exchanged for pebbles. He alone who constantly aims to please God, can expect to escape; the careless sinner probably will fall to rise no more. If, as some have thought, the thousand women reviewed were the three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines of the Solomonic harem, no wonder if the poor things were no better! No perfect 'woman' has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. As the four verses, Ecclesiastes 12:2-5, are a figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany old age, Ecclesiastes 12:6 notices the circumstances which take place in … The law of love which God has established is heart for heart; and the affections that are dissipated among a thousand objects must ever be without return of that which yet the soul seeks--the undivided love. ASV. Therefore let each one stick to the work to which he has been called and appointed by God." My soul seeketh; it seemed so wonderful to me, that I suspected I had not made a sufficient inquiry, and therefore I returned to search again with more earnestness and accurateness. Ecclesiastes 7, Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this nine-volume commentary, respected by … Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not. Ecclesiastes 7:28 - אשׁר עוד־בקשׁה נפשׁי ולא מצאתי אדם אחד מאלף מצאתי... - which I am still seeking but have not found. Introduction. Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of "man." II. But a woman among all those have I not found,] i.e., Among all my wives and concubines, which made him ready to sing, Femina nulla bona est. In regard to the word, see Ewald, § 181 b. How difficult that is of attainment is proved by the fact that amongst men only an extremely small number has succeeded, and among women not a single one. I find not — That it was so, he found, but the reason of the thing he could not find out. The phrase, "one of a thousand," is borrowed from Job 33:23. The inscription, or title of the book, Ecclesiastes 1:1. Furthermore, he does not dispute the king"s authority and sovereignty ( Ecclesiastes 8:4). It may be interpreted thus, One man, the Messiah, among all the sons of men, have I found, free from original sin; but one woman, among all the daughters of Eve, I have not found clear of it. Ecclesiastes 2:10. Ecclesiastes 12 The wise and penitent preacher is here closing his sermon; and he closes it, not only lie a good orator, but like a good preacher, with that which was likely to make the best impressions and which he wished might be powerful and lasting upon his hearers. Let woman, conscious of her weakness, learn modesty and submission to her spiritual teachers, and those above her, and chiefly seek strength for her duty from God. ECCLESIASTES 7. "I said I will be wise, but it was far from me", κατὰ γενεὰς εἰς ψυχὰς ὀσίας μεταβαίνουσα φίλους θεοῦ καὶ προφήτας κατασκευάζει, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. which I am still seeking but have not found. A woman - The number of Solomon‘s wives and concubines 1 Kings 11:3 was a thousand. The vanity of life (Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. "Uprightness," in Hitzig's sense, is not once treated of in this entire connection. There is no good woman. Among these it was not likely that he should find the fidelity which one true wife pays to one husband. ketubim) and further to the so-called five scrolls (Hebr. Luther says—"Women are created by God for their own kind of work, namely, for the management of the house, and the bringing up of children; and each one of us accomplishes that best to which God has created and called him. And I can say, as Jerome does, Novi ego multas ad omne opus bonum promptas, I know many Tabithas full of good works. One man - One whose good qualities quite satisfy our expectation. Yet seeketh — I returned to search again with more earnestness. The select few of this class consist of such men as Moses, David, Isaiah, the same that the author of the Greek "Wisdom of Solomon," had in view, when in 2:27, he says of wisdom, κατὰ γενεὰς εἰς ψυχὰς ὀσίας μεταβαίνουσα φίλους θεοῦ καὶ προφήτας κατασκευάζει. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them… Though this sense is only mentioned, all are designed; he denied himself of nothing that was agreeable to him, that was pleasing to the eye, to the ear, to the taste, or any other sense; he indulged himself in everything, observing a proper decorum, and keeping himself within the due bounds of … But the thing which Solomon here speaks of his seeking in vain is WISDOM - i:e., the full knowledge of the deep ways of God by investigation. Ecclesiastes 11:7-10. Say not thou, what is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? The practical point of view has been well hit upon and described by Cartwright,—"Quod foeminas admoneat, ut modeste se gerant, et consciae imbecillitatis suae caveant, ne sibi et suo ingenio confidant, sed se suis quibus subsunt gubernatoribus regendas et moderandas tradant, et ante omnia Deum sollicite precentur, ut suae imbecillitatis misertus viribus illos accingat, quibus in offcio contineantur.". See note on Ecclesiastes 2:8, and App-76.. matter. few are willing to serve God (Matthew ). Lo, this only have I found — Though I could not find out all the streams of wickedness, and their infinite windings and turnings, yet I have discovered the fountain of it, original sin, and the corruption of nature, which is both in men and women; that God made our first parents, Adam and Eve, upright — Hebrew, right: without any imperfection or corruption, … Ecclesiastes 7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. Solonion disqualified himself for it so long as he sinned with the strange women (Ecclesiastes 7:26). It is not Solomon’s design to disparage this sex, nor to make a general comparison between men and women in all places and ages, but only to suggest his own experience concerning it. Woman, as "the weaker vessel," is receptive, rather than originating in respect to wisdom. Man is put for a worthy or good man, as name is put for a good name, above, Ecclesiastes 7:1, and wife for a good wife, as was noted before. Ecclesiastes 7:28 while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. Or rather, by this one of a thousand, is meant the, Messiah, the Wisdom of God, he sought for, Ecclesiastes 7:25; and now says he found; to whom he looked for peace, pardon, and atonement, under a sense of his sins; who is the messenger, an interpreter, one among a thousand; yea, who is the chiefest among ten thousands, Job 33:23; who is superior to angels and men, in the dignity of his person; in the perfection, purity, and holiness of his nature; in the excellency of his names; in his offices and relations; and in his concern in the affairs of grace and salvation; and who is to be found by every truly wise and gracious soul that seeks him early and earnestly, in the word and ordinances, under the illumination and direction of the blessed Spirit. What was to make them better? As well might the tyrant who, by cruelty, has alienated his subjects, complain that he has failed to find loyal men, as the debauchee, who has subjected hundreds to his lust, that he had found no noble, virtuous woman. But a woman among all those have I not found, , etc. Ecclesiastes 7:28 is a difficult text to interpret and, I believe, a misunderstood text. All this knowledge is within the compass of the natural man. Or rather, by this one of a thousand, is meant the, Messiah, the Wisdom of God, he sought for, Ecclesiastes 7:25; and now says he found; to whom he looked for peace, pardon, and atonement, under a sense of his sins; who is the messenger, an interpreter, one among a thousand; yea, who is the chiefest among ten thousands, Job 33:23; who is superior to angels and men, in the dignity of his person; in the perfection, purity, and holiness of his nature; in the excellency of his names; in his offices and relations; and in his concern in the affairs of grace and salvation; and who is to be found by every truly wise and gracious soul that seeks him early and earnestly, in the word and ordinances, under the illumination and direction of the blessed Spirit. Among these it was not likely that he should find the fidelity which one true wife pays to one husband. Many a result has been arrived at, but the full possession of wisdom has not been gained. were no better. Connected with Ecclesiastes 7:26, not an unqualified condemnation of the sex, as Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 31:10, etc., prove. on StudyLight.org I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these. Compare the expression “one among a thousand” (marginal reference). Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not He was very earnest and diligent in his inquiry; he took a great deal of pains, and was exceedingly solicitous; he sought with great intenseness of mind, and with an eager desire, to find out a chaste and virtuous woman among them all, but could not; one man among a thousand have I found; It is, however, an entirely worthless conclusion as regards woman when placed in her legitimate and appropriate sphere as the one sole companion of man’s life in love, cares and labours. But in respect of the discovery of hearts and natures, whether in good or evil, it is harder to find out thoroughly the perfect disposition of a woman than of men; and that I take to be the meaning of this text. Ecclesiastes 7:28 - ERV - The Teacher says, I added all these things together... Study verse in the Easy-to-Read Version Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright, &c.] The first man Adam, as the Targum and Jarchi interpret it; and not Adam only, but Eve also with him; for these were both made by the Lord, and on the same day, and in the same image, and had the same common name of Adam given them, ( Genesis 1:27) ( 5:2) ; And they were both made … megillot), which are still read at Jewish feast days. The Targum is, "there is another thing which yet my soul seeketh, and I have not found; a man perfect and innocent, without corruption, from the days of Adam, till Abraham the righteous was born; who was found faithful and just among the thousand kings who were gathered together to build the tower of Babel; and a woman among all the wives of those kings, as Sarah, I found not.'. It is not thus that the commerce of love is carried on. Ecclesiastes 7:28. This verse is connected with Ecclesiastes 7:26, which condemns the seducing woman, and is not therefore to be taken as an universal and unqualified condemnation of the sex, as Proverbs 12:4, etc., prove. This may well show, as one well applies it, the erring of man’s labour in seeking the acconnt of wisdom and knowledge; for, though his diligence be never so great in making the reckoning, he will always be out, and not able to find it out. However that verse may be read as a declaration that, "No one knows what is good for man." Koheleth would get better figures today, both absolutely and proportionally. He keeps his oath of allegiance that he has made before God ( Ecclesiastes 8:2).He does not resign from his service ( Ecclesiastes 8:3 a) or join in a revolt against the king ( Ecclesiastes 8:3 b). If it is to be understood of a mere man, I should think the sense was this; of all the men that have been ensnared and taken by an adulterous woman, but one of a thousand have I observed, and perhaps Solomon has respect to himself, that was ever recovered out of her hands; but a woman among all those have I not found; that is, among all the harlots and adulterous women I ever knew or heard of, I never knew nor heard of one that was ever reclaimed from her evil ways, and reformed or became a chaste and virtuous woman: he may have respect to the thousand women that were either his wives and concubines, and, among all these, he found not one that deserved the above character; for this is not to be understood of women in general, for Solomon must have known that there have been good women in all ages, and perhaps more than men; and that there were many in his days, though those with whom his more intimate acquaintance was were not such, which was his unhappiness; and his criminal conversation with them is what he lamented and repented of. But that there are, and ever have been, many gracious women, see, besides the Scriptures, the writings of many learned men, De illustribus feminis. Again and again this is the recommendation that Solomon repeated over and over again in Ecclesiastes. Jump to: Bible Study Tools • Parallel Bible Verse • Bible Contextual Overview • Bible Verse Review • Gill's Bible Notes • Clarke's Bible Notes • Barnes' Bible Notes Spiritual uprightness is an indispensable qualification for a right research after the wisdom in question. If it is to be understood of a mere man, I should think the sense was this; of all the men that have been ensnared and taken by an adulterous woman, but one of a thousand have I observed, and perhaps Solomon has respect to himself, that was ever recovered out of her hands; but a woman among all those have I not found; that is, among all the harlots and adulterous women I ever knew or heard of, I never knew nor heard of one that was ever reclaimed from her evil ways, and reformed or became a chaste and virtuous woman: he may have respect to the thousand women that were either his wives and concubines, and, among all these, he found not one that deserved the above character; for this is not to be understood of women in general, for Solomon must have known that there have been good women in all ages, and perhaps more than men; and that there were many in his days, though those with whom his more intimate acquaintance was were not such, which was his unhappiness; and his criminal conversation with them is what he lamented and repented of. 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