Ecclesiastes 7:26

“And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And I finde more bitter then death, the woman whose heart is snares & nets, and her handes as bands: who so pleaseth God, shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And I discovered more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are chains. One who is pleasing to God will escape from her, but the sinner will be captured by her.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, `and' whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And I saw a thing more bitter than death, even the woman whose heart is full of tricks and nets, and whose hands are as bands. He with whom God is pleased will get free from her, but the sinner will be taken by her.
- Basic English Bible

and I found more bitter than death the woman whose heart is nets and snares, [and] whose hands are bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be caught by her.
- Darby Bible

And I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoever pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
- Webster's Bible

I find more bitter than death the woman whose heart is snares and traps, whose hands are chains. Whoever pleases God shall escape from her; but the sinner will be ensnared by her.
- World English Bible

And I am finding more bitter than death, the woman whose heart [is] nets and snares, her hands [are] bands; the good before God escapeth from her, but the sinner is captured by her.
- Youngs Literal Bible

and I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands; whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 7:26


7:26 I find - By my own sad experience. Shall escape - Shall be prevented from falling into her hands.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 7

  • Abundantlife for verse 9
    Anger is one of the works of the flesh Gal 5 Anger is also as a result of the one's state of mind Mark7 Anger is a sinful reaction to any situation Eph4:26 Anger can not produce any righteousness James1:20 Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee Psalm119:11
  • Not terrible, but too plain.
  • I think it calms me down now that I am 65 and have been thinking that some of the things that I wanted to do be, will never happen. But it 's okay.
  • This is a great verse to keep in mind when someone may say something bad about us. It will help to slow down our anger and help us to be more fogiving if we recall that we have sad bad things about others before.
  • It is true that you reep what you saw. Disobedience is the seed that yields sorrow inlatter years
  • Paul W. Green for verse 3
    this most beloved scripture occurred to me as I lay sleepless in bed early morning 7 26 14. I am thoroughly convinced of it 's efficacy in the truly longing heart. Interestingly enough just before that I had gone over the opening paragraph of a well known to me essay that touches upon the spirit and necessity of "the broken and contrite spirit " which is core to the "beauty of holiness ". which sorrow and sadness was epitomized through the sacrificial suffering and death of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Here it is. "MOSAIC " It occurred to me that it is generally composed of shards and bits of various materials. Taken separately they are quite meaningless and un noteworthy yet in the hands of the artist they are collectively transformed to such a gorgeous degree that hardly are we even aware of there actual unattractiveness apart from each other. Perhaps, by virtue of the artists ' vision they each become imbued by the over arching light of his design melding them almost unperceptively into the whole of a "NEW CREATION ".

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