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This is all that I have learned: God made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.
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Only this I have found, that God made man right, and he hath entangled himself with an infinity of questions. Who is as the wise man? and who hath known the resolution of the word?
Genesis 1:26,27 And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. . . .
Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generation of Adam. In the day that God created man, he made him to the likeness of God.
Genesis 3:6,7 And the woman saw that the tree was good to eat, and fair to the eyes, and delightful to behold: and she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave to her husband, who did eat. . . .
Genesis 6:5,6,11,12 And God seeing that the wickedness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, . . .
Genesis 11:4-6 And they said: Come, let us make a city and a tower, the top whereof may reach to heaven; and let us make our name famous before we be scattered abroad into all lands. . . .
Psalm 99:8 Thou didst hear them, O Lord our God: thou wast a merciful God to them, and taking vengeance on all their inventions.
Psalm 106:29,39 And they provoked him with their inventions: and destruction was multiplied among them. . . .
Jeremiah 2:12,13 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and ye gates thereof, be very desolate, saith the Lord. . . .
Jeremiah 4:22 For my foolish people have not known me: they are foolish and senseless children: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.
Ezekiel 22:16-13 And I will possess thee in the sight of the Gentiles, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord. . . .
Mark 7:8,9 For leaving the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, the washing of pots and of cups: and many other things you do like to these. . . .
Acts 7:40-43 Saying to Aaron: Make us gods to go before us. For as for this Moses, who brought us out of the land of Egypt, we know not what is become of him. . . .
Romans 1:21-32 Because that, when they knew God, they have not glorified him as God or given thanks: but became vain in their thoughts. And their foolish heart was darkened. . . .
Romans 3:9-19 What then? Do we excel them? No, not so. For we have charged both Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin. . . .
Ephesians 2:2,3 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of this air, of the spirit that now worketh on the children of unbelief: . . .
Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were some time unwise, incredulous, erring, slaves to divers desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.
ContextThe Limits of Human Wisdom
…28Which 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. 29Only this I have found, that God made man right, and he hath entangled himself with an infinity of questions. Who is as the wise man? and who hath known the resolution of the word?
Additional TranslationsOnly this have I found: I have discovered that God made men upright, but they have sought out many schemes.”See, this only have I found, that God has made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
But, behold, this have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many devices.
Only see this which I have found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out many devices.
Behold, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Behold, this only have I found: that God made man upright; but they search for many schemes."
See, this alone I have found, that God made man upright, and they -- they have sought out many devices.
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