That which is, is far off, and deep, very deep; who can find it out?
I turned my mind to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the sum of things, and to know that wickedness is folly and that foolishness is madness.
I found more bitter than death the woman who is a trap, whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters; one who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her.
See, this is what I found, says the Teacher, adding one thing to another to find the sum,
which my mind has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found.
See, this alone I found, that God made human beings straightforward, but they have devised many schemes.