Ecclesiastes 7:27-28 in the ESV reads:
27 Behold, this is what I found, says the Preacher, while adding one thing to another to find the scheme of things— 28 which my soul has sought repeatedly, but I have not found. One man among a thousand I found, but a woman among all these I have not found.
This is a difficult passage. Is it talking about wisdom or righteousness? Are these statistics an accurate reflection of the way it is, the way it was, or is it something else? Did Solomon have a problem looking down on women? Is this written from an "under the sun" depressed attitude, rather than taking into account divine revelation?
Whatever good quality Solomon was referring to here, it sounds like he attributes men with at least a ten-to-one advantage.
This is hard to understand given the fact that the OT paints a picture of many godly and wise women, even in the generation just before Solomon (think of wise and righteous Abigail, or David's great grandmother, Ruth. Before that, we saw Deborah, and afterward Esther). The Bible is filled with examples of women who were both righteous and wise.
So comments are appreciated.
It is a given that we understand that the numbers here are an impression, not a scientific study with firm numbers.