Ecclesiastes 7:29
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New International Version
This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes."

New Living Translation
But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path."

English Standard Version
See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices."

King James Bible
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Only see this: I have discovered that God made people upright, but they pursued many schemes."

International Standard Version
I have discovered only this: God made human beings for righteousness, but they seek many alternatives."

NET Bible
This alone have I discovered: God made humankind upright, but they have sought many evil schemes.

New Heart English Bible
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they search for many schemes.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have found only this: God made people decent, but they looked for many ways [to avoid being decent]."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I have found only this, that God made men upright, but they have sought out many devices.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, this only have I found: that God has made man upright, but they have sought out many perversions.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they have sought out many devices.

American King James Version
See, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

American Standard Version
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Only this I have found, that God made man right, and he hath entangled himself with an infinity of questions. Who is as the wise man? and who hath known the resolution of the word?

Darby Bible Translation
Only see this which I have found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices.

English Revised Version
Behold, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

World English Bible
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they search for many schemes."

Young's Literal Translation
See, this alone I have found, that God made man upright, and they -- they have sought out many devices.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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,
Study Bible
Limits of Human Wisdom
28which 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."
Cross References
Genesis 1:27
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Ecclesiastes 8:1
Who is like the wise man and who knows the interpretation of a matter? A man's wisdom illumines him and causes his stern face to beam.
Treasury of Scripture

See, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

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Genesis 1:26,27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and …

Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God …

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Genesis 3:6,7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that …

Genesis 6:5,6,11,12 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Genesis 11:4-6 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top …

Psalm 99:8 You answered them, O LORD our God: you were a God that forgave them, …

Psalm 106:29,39 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague …

Jeremiah 2:12,13 Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be …

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly …

Ezekiel 22:16-13 And you shall take your inheritance in yourself in the sight of the …

Mark 7:8,9 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of …

Acts 7:40-43 Saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, …

Romans 1:21-32 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, …

Romans 3:9-19 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before …

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, …

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, …

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