Ecclesiastes 7:23-29New American Standard Bible (NASB)
23 I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, “I will be wise,” but it was far from me.24 What has been is remote and exceedingly [a]mysterious. Who can discover it?25 I [b]directed my [c]mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.26 And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.
27 “Behold, I have discovered this,” says the Preacher, “adding one thing to another to find an explanation,28 which [d]I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.29 Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”
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