New International Version Ecclesiastes 7 starts with first-person perspective without quotation marks:
26 I find more bitter than death
the woman who is a snare,
whose heart is a trap
and whose hands are chains.
The man who pleases God will escape her,
but the sinner she will ensnare.
27 “Look,” says the Teacher,
Then it is switched to 3rd person perspective.
“this is what I have discovered: “Adding one thing to another to discover the scheme of things—
Now it is 1st person perspective with quotation marks.
Why the switch from 1st person to 3rd then back to 1st?
What is this switching from 3rd to 1st person perspective within one sentence in verse 27? Does this mean that the writer and the speaker were different people?
Why does NIV use quotation marks in verse 27 and not in verse 26?