English Standard Version
That which has been is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?
King James Bible
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?
Much more than it was: it is a great depth, who shall 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?
Ecclesiastes 7:24 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
"It is good that thou holdest fast to the one," - viz. righteousness and wisdom, - and withdrawest not thy hand from the other, - viz. a wickedness which renounces over-righteousness and over-wisdom, or an unrestrained life; - for he who fears God accomplishes all, i.e., both, the one as well as the other. Luther, against the Vulg.: "for he who fears God escapes all." But what "all"? Tyler, Bullock, and others reply: "All the perplexities of life;" but no such thing is found in the text here, however many perplexities may be in the book. Better, Zckler: the evil results of the extreme of false righteousness as of bold wickedness. But that he does not destroy himself and does not die before his time, is yet only essentially one thing which he escapes; also, from Ecclesiastes 7:15, only one thing, אבד, is taken. Thus either: the extremes (Umbr.), or: the extremes together with their consequences. The thought presents a connected, worthy conclusion. But if ěth-kullam, with its retrospective suffix, can be referred to that which immediately precedes, this ought to have the preference. Ginsburg, with Hitzig: "Whoso feareth God will make his way with both;" but what an improbable phrase! Jerome, with his vague nihil negligit, is right as to the meaning. In the Bible, the phrase ה ... יחא, egressus est urbem, Genesis 44:4, cf. Jeremiah 10:20, is used; and in the Mishna, יצא את־ידי חובתו, i.e., he has discharged his duty, he is quit of it by fulfilling it. For the most part, יצא merely is used: he has satisfied his duty; and יצא לא, he has not satisfied it, e.g., Berachoth 2:1. Accordingly יחא - since ěth-kullam relates to, "these ought he to have done, and not to leave the other undone," Matthew 23:23 - here means: he who fears God will set himself free from all, will acquit himself of the one as well as of the other, will perform both, and thus preserve the golden via media.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
"Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty?
"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
The Almighty--we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out.
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