Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?125
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things2 and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.326
I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare,4 whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.527
"Look," says the Teacher,a6 "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things--
while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one [upright] man among a thousand, but not one [upright] woman7 among them all.
This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes."