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Ecclesiastes 7:26 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— 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.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— 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.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— 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.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— 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.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I, could indeed find, to be, more bitter than death, the woman, whose heart is, snares and nets, and her hands, bonds,—whoso is pleasing before God, shall escape from her, but, he that sinneth, shall be captured by her.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 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.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And I have found a woman more bitter than death, who is the hunter's snare, and her heart is a net, and her hands are bands. He that pleaseth God shall escape from her: but he that is a sinner, shall be caught by her.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— 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.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And I find her [to be], and I will pronounce [to be] more bitter than death the woman which is a snare, and her heart nets, [who has] a band in her hands: [he that is] good in the sight of God shall be delivered from her; but the sinner shall be caught by her.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart [is] snares and nets, [and] her hands [as] bands: whoso pleaseth Elohim shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And I x589
(0589) Complement
אֲנִי
'aniy
{an-ee'}
Contracted from H0595; I.
find 4672
{4672} Prime
מָצָא
matsa'
{maw-tsaw'}
A primitive root; properly to come forth to, that is, appear or exist; transitively to attain, that is, find or acquire; figuratively to occur, meet or be present.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
more bitter 4751
{4751} Prime
מַר
mar
{mar}
From H4843; bitter (literally or figuratively); also (as noun) bitterness, or (adverbially) bitterly.
than death 4194
{4194} Prime
מָוֶת
maveth
{maw'-veth}
From H4191; death (natural or violent); concretely the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively pestilence, ruin.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
x853
(0853) Complement
אֵת
'eth
{ayth}
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
the woman, 802
{0802} Prime
אִשָּׁה
'ishshah
{ish-shaw'}
The first form is the feminine of H0376 or H0582; the second form is an irregular plural; a woman (used in the same wide sense as H0582).
whose x834
(0834) Complement
אֲשֶׁר
'asher
{ash-er'}
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
x1931
(1931) Complement
הוּא
huw'
{hoo}
The second form is the feminine beyond the Pentateuch; a primitive word, the third person pronoun singular, he (she or it); only expressed when emphatic or without a verb; also (intensively) self, or (especially with the article) the same; sometimes (as demonstrative) this or that; occasionally (instead of copula) as or are.
heart 3820
{3820} Prime
לֵב
leb
{labe}
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
[is] snares 4685
{4685} Prime
מָצוֹד
matsowd
{maw-tsode'}
From H6679; a net (for capturing animals or fishes); also (by interchange for H4679) a fastness or (besieging) tower.
and nets, 2764
{2764} Prime
חֵרֶם
cherem
{khay'-rem}
From H2763; physically (as shutting in) a net (either literally or figuratively); usually a doomed object; abstractly extermination.
[and] her hands 3027
{3027} Prime
יָד
yad
{yawd}
A primitive word; a hand (the open one (indicating power, means, direction, etc.), in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote.
[as] bands: 612
{0612} Prime
אֵסוּר
'ecuwr
{ay-soor'}
From H0631; a bond (especially manacles of a prisoner).
whoso pleaseth 2896
{2896} Prime
טוֹב
towb
{tobe}
From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well).
6440
{6440} Prime
פָּנִים
paniym
{paw-neem'}
Plural (but always used as a singular) of an unused noun (פָּנֶה paneh, {paw-neh'}; from H6437); the face (as the part that turns); used in a great variety of applications (literally and figuratively); also (with prepositional prefix) as a preposition (before, etc.).
lhm אֱלֹהִים 430
{0430} Prime
אֱלֹהִים
'elohiym
{el-o-heem'}
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
shall escape 4422
{4422} Prime
מָלַט
malat
{maw-lat'}
A primitive root; properly to be smooth, that is, (by implication) to escape (as if by slipperiness); causatively to release or rescue; specifically to bring forth young, emit sparks.
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
from x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
her; but the sinner 2398
{2398} Prime
חטא
chata'
{khaw-taw'}
A primitive root; properly to miss; hence (figuratively and generally) to sin; by inference to forfeit, lack, expiate, repent, (causatively) lead astray, condemn.
z8802
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
shall be taken 3920
{3920} Prime
לָכַד
lakad
{law-kad'}
A primitive root; to catch (in a net, trap or pit); generally to capture or occupy; also to choose (by lot); figuratively to cohere.
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
by her.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:26

_ _ “I find” that, of all my sinful follies, none has been so ruinous a snare in seducing me from God as idolatrous women (1 Kings 11:3, 1 Kings 11:4; Proverbs 5:3, Proverbs 5:4; Proverbs 22:14). As “God’s favor is better than life,” she who seduces from God is “more bitter than death.”

_ _ whoso pleaseth God — as Joseph (Genesis 39:2, Genesis 39:3, Genesis 39:9). It is God’s grace alone that keeps any from falling.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:23-29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 7:26

I find — By my own sad experience. Shall escape — Shall be prevented from falling into her hands.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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I find:

Judges 16:18-21 And when Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he hath shewed me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and brought money in their hand. ... But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in the prison house.
Proverbs 2:18-19 For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead. ... None that go unto her return again, neither take they hold of the paths of life.
Proverbs 5:3-5 For the lips of a strange woman drop [as] an honeycomb, and her mouth [is] smoother than oil: ... Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.
Proverbs 7:21-27 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him. ... Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.
Proverbs 9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.
Proverbs 22:14 The mouth of strange women [is] a deep pit: he that is abhorred of the LORD shall fall therein.
Proverbs 23:27-28 For a whore [is] a deep ditch; and a strange woman [is] a narrow pit. ... She also lieth in wait as [for] a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.

whoso pleaseth God:
Heb. he that is good before God,
Ecclesiastes 2:26 For [God] giveth to a man that [is] good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to [him that is] good before God. This also [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.
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