All that happens is elusive and utterly unfathomable. Who can grasp it?
I turned my mind to know, to investigate, and to seek wisdom, along with an account of things, to know that wickedness is foolishness and folly is madness.
I found one woman more bitter than death: she who is a trap, her heart a snare, her hands shackles. Anyone who pleases God escapes her, but a sinner is trapped by her.
See, this is what I found, says the Teacher, examining one matter after another to account for things.
But there's something that I constantly searched for but couldn't find: I found one man among a thousand, but I couldn't find a woman among any of these.a29
See, this alone I found: God made human beings straightforward, but they search for many complications.