Bible: Eccl 7:15-29
Exceptions to the Law of Retribution
7:17 Do not be excessively wicked and do not be a fool;
otherwise 13 you might die before your time.
Wisdom Needed Because No One is Truly Righteous
7:19 Wisdom gives a wise person more protection 18
than ten rulers in a city.
who continually does good and never sins.
7:21 Also, do not pay attention to everything that people 21 say;
7:22 For you know in your own heart 24
that you also have cursed others many times.
Human Wisdom is Limited
7:23 I have examined all this by wisdom;
it is far deeper than anyone can fathom. 30
True Righteousness and Wisdom are Virtually Nonexistent
7:26 I discovered this: 37
her heart is like a hunter’s net and her hands are like prison chains.
The man who pleases God escapes her,
but the sinner is captured by her.
7:27 The Teacher says:
I discovered this while trying to discover the scheme of things, item by item.
7:28 What I have continually sought, I have not found;
but I have not found one upright woman among all of them.
7:29 This alone have I discovered: God made humankind upright,
but they have sought many evil schemes.