on StudyLight.org megillot), which are still read at Jewish feast days. Introduction. 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. on StudyLight.org 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! Ecclesiastes 7:23-29. Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not. Woman, as "the weaker vessel," is receptive, rather than originating in respect to wisdom. One man; one worthy of the name of a man; a wise and virtuous man. Luther observes, "amongst the heathen there was a saying—tria mala, mala pessima, ignis, aqua, femina, that is, there can be nothing worse than what these three can do, to wit, fire, water, woman. So what is the advantage to their owners except to look on? Compare the expression “one among a thousand” (marginal reference). 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.". (See Sirach 25:24; Sirach 42:13.) Ecclesiastes 7:28 . I find not — That it was so, he found, but the reason of the thing he could not find out. 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. 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. Ecclesiastes 7:29. 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). God is allowing us some insight into Solomon's heart and life. 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. 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 … "Chiefest among ten thousand" (Song of Solomon 5:10). I have... - Interlinear Study Bible Clarke's Commentary on the Bible. Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of “man.” “Chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Solomon 5:10). 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. (J. One man - One whose good qualities quite satisfy our expectation. This also is revealing about the type of women Solomon had married when he was younger. 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. "Uprightness," in Hitzig's sense, is not once treated of in this entire connection. 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! 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. 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. Compare the expression “one among a thousand” (marginal reference). Ecclesiastes 5:11 - When good things increase, those who consume them increase. Again and again this is the recommendation that Solomon repeated over and over again in Ecclesiastes. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.". But a woman among all those have I not found, , etc. while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all. 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. few are willing to serve God (Matthew ). 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? Solomon, in the word "thousand," alludes to his 300 wives and 700 concubines (1 Kings 11:3). 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. 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. The proof of this doctrine, taken, 1. He gifted Solomon with a proclivity for understanding and wisdom, but this passage reveals that achieving them did not come easy. Furthermore, he does not dispute the king"s authority and sovereignty ( Ecclesiastes 8:4). 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 7:10. 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. But that there are, and ever have been, many gracious women, see, besides the Scriptures, the writings of many learned men, De illustribus feminis. 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 belongs to the last part in the Hebrew Bible, the "writings" (Hebr. &c.] This is a common opinion, that in all ages prevails among men, that former times were better than present ones; that trade flourished more, and men got more wealth and riches, and lived in greater ease and plenty; and complain that their lot is cast in such hard times, and are ready to … It is not thus that the commerce of love is carried on. Say not thou, what is [the cause] that the former days were better than these? 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. Verse 8. poor = needy, in want. were no better. Bennet.). Ecclesiastes 7:29 - Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.' 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. The author only denies to women, what he does not attribute to himself. There is no good woman. II. 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 However that verse may be read as a declaration that, "No one knows what is good for man." Or, “That which has been named - i. e., events past or current, either Ecclesiastes 1:9 as they present themselves to man, or Ecclesiastes 3:15 as they are ordered by God - was long ago (i. e., was decreed, its nature and place were defined by the Almighty), and was known that it is man;” i. e., the course of events shapes the conduct and character of man, so that what he … 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. ECCLESIASTES 7. I hope to do justice to the true intent of the author. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these. 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. Ecclesiastes 7:28 : Ecclesiastes 8:1 >> Ecclesiastes 7:23-29. A woman among all those have I not found. Many a result has been arrived at, but the full possession of wisdom has not been gained. What was to make them better? 2. 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. A woman - The number of Solomon‘s wives and concubines 1 Kings 11:3 was a thousand. No sacred writing by a woman is found in the whole Bible. 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