made straight


January 2016 (29)Ecclesiastes 7:27-29

27 Take notice, this is what I found, says the Collector, while adding one thing to another to find how things work- 28 something my soul has searched for consistently, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I figured out, but not a woman among all these have I figured out. 29 Watch, this alone I did figure out, that God made Adam straight, but they have sought out many ways to deviate from the original design.

made straight

The collector has discovered that all of the species homo sapiens has a flaw, but it cannot be traced back to the original design. Adam was made straight, but there has been a consistent deviation in us since the fall in Eden. We do not all deviate in the same way, but we all deviate.

Most English translations make it seem that Solomon is saying that he found one man honourable out of a thousand, but no women. No, as my translation shows, Solomon’s point was that he could figure out some men, but no women. His point about depravity has no exceptions. He never met Jesus.

LORD, straighten us, we all need you.

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