See note on Ecclesiastes 3:1, and App-76.. 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. Ecclesiastes 7:28 Just one out of every thousand men I interviewed can be said to be upright, but not one woman! on StudyLight.org Koheleth would get better figures today, both absolutely and proportionally. 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. There is a very great scarcity of good people. God is allowing us some insight into Solomon's heart and life. 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. Of this fact Solomon seems to have had a dim perception when he gives those never-to-be-forgotten advises to the young man, to avoid the strange woman whose steps take hold on hell, and to live joyfully with the wife of his youth. 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. while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. 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 … Ecclesiastes 7:29. 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. 3. 28.Which yet my soul seeketh, etc. My second post was published today and the final post will be published soon. III. — That is, The investigation is not yet concluded, so that the result. 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." 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. rush, as in Ecclesiastes 4:14. province. ASV. 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). Ecclesiastes 7:23-29. I find not — That it was so, he found, but the reason of the thing he could not find out. One man - One whose good qualities quite satisfy our expectation. Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not. 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. Mohammed said, that only four good women had ever lived: the wife of Pharaoh, the mother of Jesus, and his own wife and daughter. 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 manF14"Vir bonus et sapiens, qualem vix reperit unum, millibus e multio hominum, consultus Apollo." 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 One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her. 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 Verse 8. poor = needy, in want. 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 … 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 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. Verses 2-4. 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). 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. 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 … Auson. Ecclesiastes 7:28 - אשׁר עוד־בקשׁה נפשׁי ולא מצאתי אדם אחד מאלף מצאתי... - which I am still seeking but have not found. No perfect 'woman' has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. One man among a thousand.] Haud facile iuvenies multis e milibus unum. Ecclesiastes 7:10. on StudyLight.org 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. 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. Spiritual uprightness is an indispensable qualification for a right research after the wisdom in question. Bennet.). Ecclesiastes belongs to the last part in the Hebrew Bible, the "writings" (Hebr. 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. 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: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found. 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. 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. Solomon, in the word “thousand,” alludes to his three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines. Among these it was not likely that he should find the fidelity which one true wife pays to one husband. Hebrew purpose or desire, put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6, for the effect of it. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.