Ecclesiastes 7:28
New International Version
while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.

New Living Translation
Though I have searched repeatedly, I have not found what I was looking for. Only one out of a thousand men is virtuous, but not one woman!

English Standard Version
which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found.

Berean Study Bible
While my soul was still searching but not finding, among a thousand I have found one upright man, but among all these I have not found a virtuous woman.

New American Standard Bible
which 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.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
which my soul continually searches for but does not find: I found one person in a thousand, but none of those was a woman.

Contemporary English Version
but so far I have not been able to. I do know there is one good man in a thousand, but never have I found a good woman.

Good News Translation
I have looked for other answers but have found none. I found one man in a thousand that I could respect, but not one woman.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
which my soul continually searches for but does not find: among a thousand people I have found one true man, but among all these I have not found a true woman.

International Standard Version
Among the things I seek but have not found: one man among a thousand I did find, but I have not found one woman to be wise among all these.

NET Bible
What I have continually sought, I have not found; I have found only one upright man among a thousand, but I have not found one upright woman among all of them.

New Heart English Bible
which my soul still seeks; but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I am still seeking a reason for things, but have not found any. I found one man out of a thousand who had it, but out of all these I didn't find one woman.

JPS Tanakh 1917
which yet my soul sought, but I found not; one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

New American Standard 1977
which 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
which my soul yet seeks, but I find not: one man among a thousand I have found, but a woman among all those I have not found.

King James 2000 Bible
Which yet my soul seeks, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

American King James Version
Which yet my soul seeks, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

American Standard Version
which my soul still seeketh, but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
which my soul sought after, but I found not: for I have found one man of a thousand; but a woman in all these I have not found.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which yet my soul seeketh, and I have not found it. One man among a thousand I have found, a woman among them all I have not found.

Darby Bible Translation
which my soul yet seeketh, and I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found, but a woman among all those have I not found.

English Revised Version
which my soul still seeketh, but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
which my soul still seeks; but I have not found. One man among a thousand have I found; but I have not found a woman among all those.

Young's Literal Translation
(that still my soul had sought, and I had not found), One man, a teacher, I have found, and a woman among all these I have not found.
Study Bible
The Limits of Human Wisdom
27“Behold,” says the Teacher, “I have discovered this by adding one thing to another to find an explanation. 28While my soul was still searching but not finding, among a thousand I have found one upright man, but among all these I have not found a virtuous woman. 29Only this have I found: I have discovered that God made men upright, but they have sought out many schemes.”…
Cross References
1 Kings 11:3
He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines--and his wives turned his heart away.

Ecclesiastes 7:27
"Behold," says the Teacher, "I have discovered this by adding one thing to another to find an explanation.

Treasury of Scripture

Which yet my soul seeks, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

yet

Ecclesiastes 7:23,24
All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me…

Isaiah 26:9
With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

one

Job 33:23
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:

Psalm 12:1
To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David. Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

but

1 Kings 11:1-3
But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; …







Lexicon
While
אֲשֶׁ֛ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

my soul
נַפְשִׁ֖י (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

was still
עוֹד־ (‘ō·wḏ-)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5750: Iteration, continuance, again, repeatedly, still, more

searching
בִּקְשָׁ֥ה (biq·šāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

but not
וְלֹ֣א (wə·lō)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

finding,
מָצָ֑אתִי (mā·ṣā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

among a thousand
מֵאֶ֙לֶף֙ (mê·’e·lep̄)
Preposition-m | Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 505: A thousand

I have found
מָצָ֔אתִי (mā·ṣā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

one
אֶחָ֤ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

[upright] man,
אָדָ֞ם (’ā·ḏām)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 120: Ruddy, a human being

but among all
בְכָל־ (ḇə·ḵāl-)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

these
אֵ֖לֶּה (’êl·leh)
Pronoun - common plural
Strong's Hebrew 428: These, those

I have not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

found
מָצָֽאתִי׃ (mā·ṣā·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4672: To come forth to, appear, exist, to attain, find, acquire, to occur, meet, be present

a [virtuous] woman.
וְאִשָּׁ֥ה (wə·’iš·šāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female
(28) One man among a thousand.--See Job 9:3; Job 33:23. The disparaging estimate of the female sex here expressed is common in countries where polygamy is practised. (See Ecclesiasticus 25:24; Ecclesiasticus 42:13.) It is credible enough that Solomon, with his thousand wives, did not find a good one among them; but see Proverbs 18:22; Proverbs 19:14; Proverbs 31:10.

Verse 28. - Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not; or, which my soul hath still sought, but I have not found. The conclusion at which he did arrive was something utterly different from what he had hoped to achieve. The soul and the ego are separately regarded (comp. ver. 25); the whole intellectual faculties were absorbed in the search, and the composite individual gives his consequent experience. One man (Adam) among a thousand have I found. He found only one man among a thousand that reached his standard of excellence - the ideal that he had formed for himself, who could be rightly called by the noble name of man. The phrase, "one of a thousand," occurs in Job 9:3; Job 33:23; Ecclus. 6:6 (εϊς ἀπὸ χιλίων, as in the Septuagint here). Adam, the generic term, is used here instead of ish, the individual, to emphasize the antithetical ishah, "woman," in the following clause, or to lead the thought to the original perfection of man's nature. So in Greek ἄνθρωπος is sometimes used for ἀνήρ, though generally the distinction between the two is sufficiently marked, as we find in Herodotus, 7:210, Ὅτι πολλοὶ μὲν ἄνθρωποι εϊεν ὀλίγοι δὲ ἄνδρες. But a woman among all those have I not found; i.e. not one woman in a thousand who was what a woman ought to be. Says the Son of Sirach, "All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman; let the portion of a sinner fall upon her" (Ecclus. 25:19). So the Greek gnome -

Θάλασσα καὶ πῦρ καὶ γυνὴ κακὰ τρία.

"Three evils are there - sea, fire, and woman." Solomon had a thousand wives and concubines, and his experience might well have been that mentioned in this passage. 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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