Yesterday in our Sunday School class, we covered Romans 3:9-20. My NIV edition entitles this section "No One is Righteous." Here Paul appears to be primarily addressing Jews. So he quotes or paraphrases a string of OT passages (8 of them) where the point is made that everyone falls short.
Among the references is one to Ecclesiastes 7:20: There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
I read on down the page in Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, and found verse 28 of that chapter interesting:
while I was still searching
but not finding—
I found one upright man among a thousand,
but not one upright woman among them all.
As I chuckle, Carol says she doesn't find this funny.
But is the "one upright man" a placeholder for Messiah, as unintentional as the Teacher may be?