Ecclesiastes 7:24
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New International Version
Whatever exists is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?

New Living Translation
Wisdom is always distant and difficult to find.

English Standard Version
That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?

New American Standard Bible
What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it?

King James Bible
That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What exists is beyond reach and very deep. Who can discover it?

International Standard Version
Whatever it is, it's far off and most profound. Who can attain it?

NET Bible
Whatever has happened is beyond human understanding; it is far deeper than anyone can fathom.

New Heart English Bible
That which is, is far off and exceedingly deep. Who can find it out?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whatever wisdom may be, it is out of reach. It is deep, very deep. Who can find out what it is?

JPS Tanakh 1917
That which is is far off, and exceeding deep; who can find it out?

New American Standard 1977
What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
That which has been is far off and that which is exceeding deep, who can find it out?

King James 2000 Bible
That which is far off, and exceedingly deep, who can find it out?

American King James Version
That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

American Standard Version
That which is, is far off and exceeding deep; who can find it out?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Much more than it was: it is a great depth, who shall find it out?

Darby Bible Translation
Whatever hath been, is far off, and exceeding deep: who will find it out?

English Revised Version
That which is is far off, and exceeding deep; who can find it out?

Webster's Bible Translation
That which is far off, and exceedingly deep, who can find it out?

World English Bible
That which is, is far off and exceedingly deep. Who can find it out?

Young's Literal Translation
Far off is that which hath been, and deep, deep, who doth find it?
Study Bible
Limits of Human Wisdom
23I tested all this with wisdom, and I said, "I will be wise," but it was far from me. 24What has been is remote and exceedingly mysterious. Who can discover it? 25I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.…
Cross References
Romans 11:33
O, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and untraceable His ways!

Job 11:7
"Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?

Job 28:12
"But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?

Job 37:23
"The Almighty-- we cannot find Him; He is exalted in power And He will not do violence to justice and abundant righteousness.

Ecclesiastes 8:17
and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.
Treasury of Scripture

That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden …

Job 11:7,8 Can you by searching find out God? can you find out the Almighty …

Job 28:12-23,28 But where shall wisdom be found? and where is the place of understanding…

Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the great mountains; your judgments are …

Psalm 139:6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it.

Isaiah 55:8,9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, …

Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! …

1 Timothy 6:16 Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can …

(24) Rather translate, "That which is, is far off." The phrase, "that which is," or "hath been," to denote the existing constitution of the universe, occurs in Ecclesiastes 1:9, Ecclesiastes 3:15. (See Ecclesiastes 8:17.)

Verse 24. - That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out? The broken, interjectional style of the original in this passage, as Professor Taylor Lewis terms it, is better brought out by translating, "Far off is that which is, and deep, deep: who can find it out?" Professor Lewis renders, "Far off! the past, what is it? Deep - a deep - oh, who can find?" and explains "the past" to mean, not merely the earthly past historically unknown, but the great past before the creation of the universe, the kingdom of all eternities with its ages of ages, its worlds of worlds, its mighty evolutions, its infinite variety. We prefer to retain the rendering, "that which is," and to refer the expression to the phenomenal world. It is not the essence of wisdom that is spoken of, but the facts of man's life and the circumstances in which he finds himself, the course of the world, the phenomena of nature, etc. These things - their causes, connection, interdependence - we cannot explain satisfactorily (comp. Ecclesiastes 3:11; Ecclesiastes 8:17). In the Book of Wisdom (7:17-21) Solomon is supposed to have arrived at this abstruse knowledge, "for," he says, "God hath given me certain knowledge of the things that are (τῶν ὄντων γνῶσιν ἀψευδῆ)," and he proceeds to enumerate the various departments which this "universitas literarum" has opened to him. The Septuagint (and virtually the Vulgate) connects this verse with the preceding, thus: . 'I said, I will be wise, and it (αὔτη) was far from me, far beyond what was (μακρὰν ὑπὲρ ο{ η΅ν), and deep depth: who shall find it out?" (For the epithet "deep" applied to what is recondite or what is beyond human comprehension, comp. Proverbs 20:5; Job 11:8.) That which is far off,.... Or, "far off is that which has been" (g). That which has been done by God already, in creation and providence, is out of the reach of men, is far from their understandings wholly to comprehend or account for; and likewise that which is past with men, what has been done in former ages, the history of past times, is very difficult to come at: or rather, according to Schmidt, and Rambachius after him, what was of old is now afar off or absent; the image of God in man which consisted of perfect wisdom, and was created at the same time with him, is now lost, and that is the reason why wisdom is far from him;

and exceeding deep, who can find it out? the primitive perfect wisdom is sunk so deep and gone, that no man can find it to the perfection it was once enjoyed; see Job 28:12. This may respect the knowledge of God, and the perfections of his nature; which are as high as heaven, and deeper than hell, Job 11:7; and of his thoughts, counsels, purposes, and decrees, which are the deep things of God; as well as the doctrines of the Gospel, and the mysteries of grace, 1 Corinthians 2:10; and even his providential dispensations towards the sons of men, Romans 11:33. The Targum of the whole is,

"Lo, now it is far off from the children of men to know all that has been from the days of old; and the secret of the day of death, and the secret of the day in which the King Messiah shall come, who is he that shall find it out by his wisdom?''

(g) "remotum (est) illud quod fuit", Montanus, Mercerus, Vatablus, Drusius, Gejerus. 24. That … far off … deep—True wisdom is so when sought independently of "fear of God" (Ec 7:18; De 30:12, 13; Job 11:7, 8; 28:12-20, 28; Ps 64:6; Ro 10:6, 7).7:23-29 Solomon, in his search into the nature and reason of things, had been miserably deluded. But he here speaks with godly sorrow. He alone who constantly aims to please God, can expect to escape; the careless sinner probably will fall to rise no more. He now discovered more than ever the evil of the great sin of which he had been guilty, the loving many strange women,
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