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Ecclesiastes 7:28 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— which my soul still seeketh, but I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— which I am still seeking but have not found. I have found one man among a thousand, but I have not found a woman among all these.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— which my soul yet seeketh, and I have not found: one man among a thousand have I found, but a woman among all those have I not found.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— what my soul still sought, yet I found not,—one man out of a thousand, have I found, but, a woman among all these, have I not found.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— (that still my soul had sought, and I had not found), One man, a teacher, I have found, and a woman among all these I have not found.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Which yet my soul seeketh, and I have not found it. One man among a thousand I have found, a woman among them all I have not found.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Which yet my soule seeketh, but I finde not: one man among a thousand haue I found, but a woman among all those haue I not found.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— which my soul sought after, but I found not: for I have found one man of a thousand; but a woman in all these I have not found.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Which 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.
yet x5750
(5750) Complement
עוֹד
`owd
{ode}
From H5749; properly iteration or continuance; used only adverbially (with or without preposition), again, repeatedly, still, more.
my soul 5315
{5315} Prime
נֶפֶשׁ
nephesh
{neh'-fesh}
From H5314; properly a breathing creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental).
seeketh, 1245
{1245} Prime
בּקשׁ
baqash
{baw-kash'}
A primitive root; to search out (by any method; specifically in worship or prayer); by implication to strive after.
z8765
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
but 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.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
not: x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
one 259
{0259} Prime
אֶחָד
'echad
{ekh-awd'}
A numeral from H0258; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first.
man 120
{0120} Prime
אָדָם
'adam
{aw-dawm'}
From H0119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.).
among a thousand 505
{0505} Prime
אֶלֶף
'eleph
{eh'-lef}
Properly the same as H0504; hence (an ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
have I found; 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.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
but a 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).
among all x3605
(3605) Complement
כֹּל
kol
{kole}
From H3634; properly the whole; hence all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense).
those x428
(0428) Complement
אֵלֶּה
'el-leh
{ale'-leh}
Prolonged from H0411; these or those.
have I not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
found. 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.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:28

_ _ Rather, referring to his past experience, “Which my soul sought further, but I found not.”

_ _ one man — that is, worthy of the name, “man,” “upright”; not more than one in a thousand of my courtiers (Job 33:23; Psalms 12:1). Jesus Christ alone of men fully realizes the perfect ideal of “man.” “Chiefest among ten thousand” (Song of Songs 5:10). No perfect “woman” has ever existed, not even the Virgin Mary. Solomon, in the word “thousand,” alludes to his three hundred wives and seven hundred concubines. Among these it was not likely that he should find the fidelity which one true wife pays to one husband. Connected with Ecclesiastes 7:26, not an unqualified condemnation of the sex, as Proverbs 12:4; Proverbs 31:10, etc., prove.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:23-29.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 7:28

Yet seeketh — I returned to search again with more earnestness. I find not — That it was so, he found, but the reason of the thing he could not find out. One man — A wise and virtuous man. A woman — One worthy of that name; one who is not a dishonour to her sex. Among — In that thousand whom I have taken into intimate society with myself.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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yet:

Ecclesiastes 7:23-24 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it [was] far from me. ... That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?
Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

one:

Job 33:23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
Psalms 12:1 [[To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.]] Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

but:
Solomon, instead of seeking one rational, virtuous woman, had collected an immense multitude, of various countries and religions, for magnificence and indulgence; among whom, as might have been expected, he had not found one who was thoroughly faithful, upright, and pious. He here uses the language of a penitent, warning others of the errors into which he had been led; and not that of a wasphish satirist, lashing indiscriminately one half of the human species.
1 Kings 11:1-3 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, [and] Hittites; ... And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
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a commentary..keil.... makes a point that
the hebrew actually might mean
one of thousands and refer to jesus
... perhaps not one woman because
jesus had not yet made the holy spirit available
and the holy spirit that teaches all things to believers
with its wisdom might be a woman
as seems to be the case in proverbs 8th chapter
- psalm110g (1/15/2013 8:47:00 AM) [qBible.com]
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