Ecclesiastes 7:29
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English Standard Version
See, this alone I found, that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.

King James Bible
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath 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?

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"All this have I proved by wisdom: I thought, Wise I will become; but it remained far from me." The ב in בּחכמה is, as at Ecclesiastes 1:13, that designating the organon, the means of knowledge. Thus he possessed wisdom up to a certain degree, and in part; but his purpose, comprehended in the one word אחכּמה, was to possess it fully and completely; i.e., not merely to be able to record observations and communicate advices, but to adjust the contradictions of life, to expound the mysteries of time and eternity, and generally to solve the most weighty and important questions which perplex men. But this wisdom was for him still in the remote distance. It is the wisdom after which Job, chap. 28, made inquiry in all regions of the world and at all creatures, at last to discover that God has appointed to man only a limited share of wisdom. Koheleth briefly condenses Job 28:12-22 in the words following:

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Genesis 1:26,27 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea...

Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;

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Genesis 3:6,7 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise...

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 may reach to heaven; and let us make us a name...

Psalm 99:8 You answered them, O LORD our God: you were a God that forgave them, though you took vengeance of their inventions.

Psalm 106:29,39 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague broke in on them...

Jeremiah 2:12,13 Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be you very desolate, said the LORD...

Jeremiah 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are silly children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil...

Ezekiel 22:16-13 And you shall take your inheritance in yourself in the sight of the heathen, and you shall know that I am the LORD...

Mark 7:8,9 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups...

Acts 7:40-43 Saying to Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt...

Romans 1:21-32 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations...

Romans 3:9-19 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin...

Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air...

Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy...

Cross References
Genesis 1:27
So 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? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man's wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.

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