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 Parallel. Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not.] Furthermore, he does not dispute the king"s authority and sovereignty ( Ecclesiastes 8:4). Verse 8. poor = needy, in want. A woman — One worthy of that name; one who is not a dishonour to her sex. 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; 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. 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. Solomon didn"t find that most people are basically honest and sincere. A woman among all those have I not found. Ecclesiastes 1 In this chapter we have, I. my soul = I myself. 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. 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! — That is, The investigation is not yet concluded, so that the result. Ecclesiastes 7:28 - which I am still seeking but have not found. One man; one worthy of the name of a man; a wise and virtuous man. 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. Ver. There is the same correspondence between the words, "my soul still seeketh and I have not found it," and the words in Ecclesiastes 7:23,—"I said I will be wise and it was far from me:" as between Ecclesiastes 7:27 and the first part of Ecclesiastes 7:23. Ecclesiastes 7:28 is a difficult text to interpret and, I believe, a misunderstood text. Ecclesiastes 7:29 - Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.' "Chiefest among ten thousand" (Song of Solomon 5:10). Among all those in that thousand whom I have taken into intimate society with myself; whereby he also passeth a severe censure upon himself that he had associated himself with such persons, and not with the virtuous women, which doubtless there were in his time, as appears from Pr 31. 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. And yet, on a wider search, Solomon did find some godly men and women (Book of Proverbs). Ecclesiastes 2 Solomon having pronounced all vanity, and particularly knowledge and learning, which he was so far from giving himself joy of that he found the increase of it did but increase his sorrow, in this chapter he goes on to show what reason he has to be tired of this world, and with what little reason most men are fond of it. 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. Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of “man.” “Chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). ASV. Whoever has made himself acquainted with the general features of the Scripture mode of viewing things will at once acknowledge that Hitzig's view is an impossible one. Ecclesiastes 7:29. Ecclesiastes 4:13. 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. I find not — That it was so, he found, but the reason of the thing he could not find out. 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. He gifted Solomon with a proclivity for understanding and wisdom, but this passage reveals that achieving them did not come easy. Among these it was not likely that he should find the fidelity which one true wife pays to one husband. 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. 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." The general doctrine of the vanity of the creature laid down (Ecclesiastes 1:2) and explained, Ecclesiastes 1:3. (28) One man among a thousand.—See Job 9:3; Job 33:23. Auson. In regard to the word, see Ewald, § 181 b. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? 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). on StudyLight.org He That is higher, &c. = the high … "which I am still seeking but have not found. The phrase, "one of a thousand," is borrowed from Job 33:23. 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. hephez, one of the words supposed to be later Hebrew. Among these it was not likely that he should find the fidelity which one true wife pays to one husband. Counting one by one - I have gone over every particular. Hebrew. The vanity of life (Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. 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. on StudyLight.org Ecclesiastes 5:11 - When good things increase, those who consume them increase. Hebrew. 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. 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. 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. These continued proverbs concern the work of man and begin with exhortations to charity and are followed by the wise acknowledgement that no one knows the works of God, who is the maker of all. There ought to be no division between Ecclesiastes 10:20 and Ecclesiastes 11:1.. As if in contrast to the self-indulgence described in Ecclesiastes 10:16-19, the opposite virtue, readiness to give to others, is inculcated.The use of the word “bread” in both Ecclesiastes 10:19 (see the note) and Ecclesiastes 11:1 points the contrast. He is supposed to mention this number in allusion to his thousand wives and concubines, as they are numbered by parcels, 1 Kings 11:3. What was to make them better? I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.". 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. 6:12, "Who knoweth what is good for man"? on StudyLight.org My soul seeketh - rather, referring to his past experience, 'Which my soul sought further, but I found not,' answering to "I said I will be wise, but it was far from me" (Ecclesiastes 7:23). 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 … Compare the expression “one among a thousand” (marginal reference). I hope to do justice to the true intent of the author. (Ecclesiastes 8:15). One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her. 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. Elihu says there that a man who can enlighten his brother on God's ways, one therefore who is in full possession of divine wisdom, is very seldom to be found, is "one among a thousand." (J. (See Sirach 25:24; Sirach 42:13.) One’ a thousand — A very beggarly proportion, to say the least, of pure, true, and good men! 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! 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. 28.Which yet my soul seeketh, etc. The words of Lemuel are well worthy of our attention, both as neutralizing the false impression produced by Solomon’s philosophy, and as showing what the true woman is (Proverbs 31:10-31). 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. megillot), which are still read at Jewish feast days. 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. 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. 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? ketubim) and further to the so-called five scrolls (Hebr. Ecclesiastes 7:28. KJ21. Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not. Koheleth would get better figures today, both absolutely and proportionally. All this knowledge is within the compass of the natural man. 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. Among a thousand, with whom I have conversed. 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. Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of "man." This also is revealing about the type of women Solomon had married when he was younger. 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. ECCLESIASTES 7. 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! 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. But that there are, and ever have been, many gracious women, see, besides the Scriptures, the writings of many learned men, De illustribus feminis. 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 … One man - One whose good qualities quite satisfy our expectation. The inscription, or title of the book, Ecclesiastes 1:1. Ecclesiastes 7:29. — A very beggarly proportion, to say the least, of pure, true, and good men! But undoubtedly it is not his intention to renounce all claim to the honour of being an "upright," "good" man. No perfect 'woman' has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. few are willing to serve God (Matthew ). 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. However that verse may be read as a declaration that, "No one knows what is good for man." The wise man behaves appropriately in the presence of his king. 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." 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 … That which was vouchsafed only to the chosen few amongst men,—and be it remarked that we do not here speak of that general participation in wisdom to which the entire people of God, as "the wise nation," (Deuteronomy 4:6), was called, but of an independent, pioneering, and productive possession thereof,—we should not at all expect to be conferred on woman, who is the "weaker vessel," (1 Peter 3:7). 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 a great rarity to find a good man, truly wise and gracious; there are many that walk in the broad way, and but few that find the strait gate and narrow way, and are saved; they are but as one to a thousand; see Jeremiah 5:1. III. One man among a thousand.] Ecclesiastes 9:11. Ecclesiastes 2:10. See note on Ecclesiastes 3:1, and App-76.. Idyll. Ecclesiastes 11:7-10. 3. Among — In that thousand whom I have taken into intimate society with myself. which I am still seeking but have not found. Again and again this is the recommendation that Solomon repeated over and over again in Ecclesiastes. 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. Hebrew. No perfect “woman” has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. 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). There is a very great scarcity of good people. rush, as in Ecclesiastes 4:14. province. I find not; that it was so he found out, as he now said, Ecclesiastes 7:27 but the whole truth and reason of the thing he could not find out. Verses 2-4. Solonion disqualified himself for it so long as he sinned with the strange women (Ecclesiastes 7:26). 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. 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, Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this nine-volume commentary, respected by … Ecclesiastes 7:28 : Ecclesiastes 8:1 >> Ecclesiastes 7:23-29. Compare further Ecclesiastes 8:17. Solomon, in the word “thousand,” alludes to his three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines. It is not strange that where men are so bad, and the best of them thought so ill of women. 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. Ecclesiastes 7:28 . I returned, and saw under the sun The wise man returned to his former subject, concerning the same events happening to all sorts of persons, righteous and wicked, wise and unwise, ( Ecclesiastes 10:1 Ecclesiastes 10:2) ; and enlarged upon it in his mind; and took notice of various things done under the sun, and made the following remarks: and … "Uprightness," in Hitzig's sense, is not once treated of in this entire connection. Ecclesiastes 7:10. 2. A woman - The number of Solomon‘s wives and concubines 1 Kings 11:3 was a thousand. Say not thou, what is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? 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. "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. 28. 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 7:28 - אשׁר עוד־בקשׁה נפשׁי ולא מצאתי אדם אחד מאלף מצאתי... - which I am still seeking but have not found. 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