Ecclesiastes 7:28 - אשׁר עוד־בקשׁה נפשׁי ולא מצאתי אדם אחד מאלף מצאתי... - which I am still seeking but have not found. Ecclesiastes 6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 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 … "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. Ecclesiastes 2:10. — A very beggarly proportion, to say the least, of pure, true, and good men! Spiritual uprightness is an indispensable qualification for a right research after the wisdom in question. 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 … Woman, as "the weaker vessel," is receptive, rather than originating in respect to wisdom. Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of “man.” “Chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). There is a very great scarcity of good people. — That is, The investigation is not yet concluded, so that the result may yet be altered. Ecclesiastes 7, Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this nine-volume commentary, respected by … Mohammed said, that only four good women had ever lived: the wife of Pharaoh, the mother of Jesus, and his own wife and daughter. Solonion disqualified himself for it so long as he sinned with the strange women (Ecclesiastes 7:26). 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. 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. hephez, one of the words supposed to be later Hebrew. 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. Solomon, in the word “thousand,” alludes to his three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines. Haud facile iuvenies multis e milibus unum. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.". 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. 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. Ecclesiastes 7:28 Just one out of every thousand men I interviewed can be said to be upright, but not one woman! Pearls are not to be exchanged for pebbles. 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." 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. on StudyLight.org Ecclesiastes is being read in the synagogue for the feast of tabernacles. 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. What was to make them better? One man - One whose good qualities quite satisfy our expectation. 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). 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. But a woman among all those have I not found, , etc. See note on Ecclesiastes 2:8, and App-76.. matter. Commentary. ECCLESIASTES 7. Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. 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." This sentence of Solomon has been often quoted to show the utter worthlessness of the female character. 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. 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. 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). It is not thus that the commerce of love is carried on. Hebrew. Mohammed said, that only four good women had ever lived: the wife of Pharaoh, the mother of Jesus, and his own wife and daughter. Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not. 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. A woman lays hold of a child better with her little finger than a man with his two fists. No perfect 'woman' has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. (28) One man among a thousand.—See Job 9:3; Job 33:23. 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 What is discussed is wisdom, the fathoming of the nature of things, of the depths of the Godhead. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? 2. He That is higher, &c. = the high … The author only denies to women, what he does not attribute to himself. 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. 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. 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 … 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 : Ecclesiastes 8:1 >> Ecclesiastes 7:23-29. 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 … 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. Compare the expression “one among a thousand” (marginal reference). It is not strange that where men are so bad, and the best of them thought so ill of women, they were no better. Hebrew purpose or desire, put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Cause), App-6, for the effect of it. 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). rush, as in Ecclesiastes 4:14. province. (Ecclesiastes 8:15). — That is, The investigation is not yet concluded, so that the result. "which I am still seeking but have not found. 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. Some scholars see this chapter as an attempt to answer the question implied in Eccl. ', Rather, referring to his past experience, “Which my soul sought further, but I found not.”. 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, … He gifted Solomon with a proclivity for understanding and wisdom, but this passage reveals that achieving them did not come easy. 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. It is easy to observe, saith one, that the New Testament affords more store of good wives than the Old. The word אשר standing at the commencement indicates that the searching and not finding refer to the matter mentioned in the previous verse, namely, wisdom, speculation. The disparaging estimate of the female sex here expressed is common in countries where polygamy is practised. But he here speaks with godly sorrow. 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 … on StudyLight.org on StudyLight.org One man among a thousand.] 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). Ecclesiastes 1 In this chapter we have, I. One man - One whose good qualities quite satisfy our expectation. 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. Verses 2-4. And I can say, as Jerome does, Novi ego multas ad omne opus bonum promptas, I know many Tabithas full of good works. Auson. All this knowledge is within the compass of the natural man. Koheleth would get better figures today, both absolutely and proportionally. 2. A woman - The number of Solomon‘s wives and concubines 1 Kings 11:3 was a thousand. In regard to the word, see Ewald, § 181 b. The inscription, or title of the book, Ecclesiastes 1:1. Ecclesiastes 7:28 - ERV - The Teacher says, I added all these things together... Study verse in the Easy-to-Read Version My second post was published today and the final post will be published soon. "Chiefest among ten thousand" (Song of Solomon 5:10). 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. 28.Which yet my soul seeketh, etc. This also is revealing about the type of women Solomon had married when he was younger. 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.". One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her. One man; one worthy of the name of a man; a wise and virtuous man. III. (J. 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 In fact, Solomon found the same thing that Jesus will later note, i.e. Ecclesiastes 9:11. 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. Ecclesiastes 7:28. 28. But undoubtedly it is not his intention to renounce all claim to the honour of being an "upright," "good" man. 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