I did a double take when I read this verse today:
I found one upright man among a thousand,
but not one upright woman among them all. Ecclesiastes 7: 28b NIV
Can’t say I recall reading THAT one before!
No upright women. Hm.
Wonder what that means?
From the ESV Study Bible:
The term “found” here means “figured out, comprehended by study”…. The Preacher is admitting that he is unable to “figure out” … the vast majority of people he encounters, whether male or female; even his successes in understanding his own sex are extremely unimpressive (only “one man among a thousand”).
The one firm conclusion he is able to draw is that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes [vs. 29], i.e., they were not content to remain in their state of uprightness but instead rebelled against God
Well, that clears it up!
Actually, as I think about it, here’s what I believe these verses mean:
…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
Even that one “upright” guy? Not so upright after all!
Today’s Readings: Ecclesiastes 7:1-29, Psalm 103:1-5, Proverbs 24:7-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-22. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).