All this I tested by wisdom and I said, "I am determined to be wise"1-- but this was beyond me.
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Whatever wisdom may be, it is far off and most profound-- who can discover it?2
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So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things3 and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.4
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I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare,5 whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.6
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"Look," says the Teacher,7 "this is what I have discovered: "Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things--
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while I was still searching but not finding-- I found one [upright] man among a thousand, but not one [upright] woman8 among them all.
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This only have I found: God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes."