for oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.
All this have I tried by wisdom; I said: 'I will get wisdom'; but it was far from me.
That which is is far off, and exceeding deep; who can find it out?
I turned about, and applied my heart to know and to search out, and to seek wisdom and the reason of things, and to know wickedness to be folly, and foolishness to be madness;
and I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands; whoso pleaseth G-d shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.
Behold, this have I found, saith Koheleth, adding one thing to another, to find out the account;
which yet my soul sought, but I found not; one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
Behold, this only have I found, that G-d made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.