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

  • Amon
    it is a chapter which reminds us to stand for the truth ,be simple ,not corrupt our minds in order to meet the demands of the globilized world .Hence we should put God first in every thing we do .
  • MockingBird
    A fool is one that says no to God : A fool will proclaim all his anger : Anger works not the righteousness of God. With God's help I will be able to have control over any anger that I want to express, and not show it !!
  • Shelia Thompson
    It means to me seek an answer from the Lord first concerning whatever your facing instead running ahead of God and making a rash decision in a hurry because someone made you upset because of something they said or did to you. You should wait on the Lord and be of good courage knowing that the battle do not belong to you but it belong to good and so do vengeance.
  • BSP
    This shows that it is unwise to quickly become angry over everything. We should slow down and use our reasoning skills or let love cover over others faults.
  • J
    Doing His will when no one listens entitles a blessing in heaven and on earth, Amen.
  • 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

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