Day 242 – No Good Women?

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).


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