This week’s passage re-covers some of the content from last week.
Ecclesiastes 7:18 [ESV] It is good that you should take hold of athis, and from bthat cwithhold not your hand, for the one who fears God shall come out from both of them.
19 aWisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.
20 Surely athere is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.
21 Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear ayour servant cursing you.
22 Your heart knows that amany times you yourself have cursed others.
23 All this I have tested by wisdom. aI said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me.
24 That which has been is far off, and adeep, very deep; bwho can find it out?
25 aI 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.
26 And I find something more abitter than death: bthe woman whose heart is csnares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but dthe sinner is taken by her.
27 Behold, this is what I found, says athe Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things–
28 which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. aOne man among a thousand I found, but ba woman among all these I have not found.
29 See, this alone I found, that aGod made man upright, but bthey have sought out many schemes.