Ecclesiastes 7:26 {27}
Good News Translation
I found something more bitter than death--the woman who is like a trap. The love she offers you will catch you like a net, and her arms around you will hold you like a chain. A man who pleases God can get away, but she will catch the sinner.

Contemporary English Version
Here is what I discovered: A bad woman is worse than death. She is a trap, reaching out with body and soul to catch you. But if you obey God, you can escape. If you don't obey, you are done for.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I have found a woman more bitter than death, who is the hunter's snare, and her heart is a net, and her hands are bands. He that pleaseth God shall escape from her: but he that is a sinner, shall be caught by her.

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And I have found a woman more bitter than death, who is the hunter's snare, and her heart is a net, and her hands are bands. He that pleaseth God shall escape from her: but he that is a sinner, shall be caught by her.

I find

Judges 16:18-21 Then seeing that he had discovered to her all his mind, she sent to the princes of the Philistines, saying: Come up this once more, for now he hath opened his heart to me. And they went up, taking with them the money which they had promised. . . .

Proverbs 2:18,19 None that go in unto her, shall return again, neither shall they take hold of the paths of life. . . .

Proverbs 5:3-5 But her end is bitter as wormwood, and sharp as a two-edged sword. . . .

Proverbs 7:21-27 Immediately he followeth her as an ox led to be a victim, and as a lamb playing the wanton, and not knowing that he is drawn like a fool to bonds, . . .

Proverbs 9:18 A wise son maketh the father glad: but a foolish son is the sorrow of his mother.

Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of a strange woman is a deep pit: he whom the Lord is angry with, shall fall into it.

Proverbs 23:27,28 For a harlot is a deep ditch: and a strange woman is a narrow pit. . . .

whoso pleaseth God

Ecclesiastes 2:26 God hath given to a man that is good in his sight, wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he hath given vexation, and superfluous care, to heap up and to gather together, and to give it to him that hath pleased God: but this also is vanity, and a fruitless solicitude of the mind.

Context
The Limits of Human Wisdom
25I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent: 26And I have found a woman more bitter than death, who is the hunter's snare, and her heart is a net, and her hands are bands. He that pleaseth God shall escape from her: but he that is a sinner, shall be caught by her.27Lo this have I found, said Ecclesiastes, weighing one thing after another, that I might find out the account,…
Cross References
Exodus 10:7
And Pharao's servants said to him: How long shall we endure this scandal? Iet the men go to sacrifice to the Lord their God. Dost thou not see that Egypt is undone?

Proverbs 2:19
That thou mayst walk in a good way: and mayst keep the paths of the just.

Proverbs 5:4
Her feet go down into death, and her steps go in as far as hell.

Proverbs 6:23
That they may keep thee from the evil woman, and from the flattering tongue of the stranger.

Proverbs 6:24
Let not thy heart covet her beauty, be not caught with her winks:

Proverbs 7:23
Now, therefore, my son, hear me, and attend to the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 22:14
The mouth of a strange woman is a deep pit: he whom the Lord is angry with, shall fall into it.

Proverbs 23:28
She lieth in wait in the way as a robber, and him whom she shall see unwary, she will kill.

Ecclesiastes 7:27
Lo this have I found, said Ecclesiastes, weighing one thing after another, that I might find out the account,

Additional Translations
And I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a net, and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner will be ensnared.And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoever pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

And I find her to be, and I will pronounce to be more bitter than death the woman which is a snare, and her heart nets, who has a band in her hands: he that is good in the sight of God shall be delivered from her; but the sinner shall be caught by her.

and I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is nets and snares, [and] whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be caught by her.

And I find a thing more bitter than death, even the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoever pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and traps, whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner will be ensnared by her.

And I am finding more bitter than death, the woman whose heart is nets and snares, her hands are bands; the good before God escapeth from her, but the sinner is captured by her.
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