Ecclesiastes 7:26-29 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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26 One discovery: A woman can be a bitter pill to swallow, full of seductive scheming and grasping. The lucky escape her; the undiscerning get caught. 26 I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.
27 At least this is my experience - what I, the Quester, have pieced together as I've tried to make sense of life. 27 "Look," says the Teacher, "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things--
28 But the wisdom I've looked for I haven't found. I didn't find one man or woman in a thousand worth my while. 28 while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one [upright] man among a thousand, but not one [upright] woman among them all.
29 Yet I did spot one ray of light in this murk: God made men and women true and upright; we're the ones who've made a mess of things. 29 This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes."