Ecclesiastes 1:15
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New International Version
What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.

New Living Translation
What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.

English Standard Version
What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.

New American Standard Bible
What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

King James Bible
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.

International Standard Version
What is crooked cannot be made straight; what is not there cannot be counted.

NET Bible
What is bent cannot be straightened, and what is missing cannot be supplied.

New Heart English Bible
That which is crooked can't be made straight; and that which is lacking can't be counted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one can straighten what is bent. No one can count what is not there.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That which is crooked cannot be made straight; And that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

New American Standard 1977
What is crooked cannot be straightened, and what is lacking cannot be counted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
That which is crooked cannot be made straight, and that which is lacking cannot be numbered.

King James 2000 Bible
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is lacking cannot be numbered.

American King James Version
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

American Standard Version
That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.

Darby Bible Translation
That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

English Revised Version
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Webster's Bible Translation
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

World English Bible
That which is crooked can't be made straight; and that which is lacking can't be counted.

Young's Literal Translation
A crooked thing one is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
1:12-18 Solomon tried all things, and found them vanity. He found his searches after knowledge weariness, not only to the flesh, but to the mind. The more he saw of the works done under the sun, the more he saw their vanity; and the sight often vexed his spirit. He could neither gain that satisfaction to himself, nor do that good to others, which he expected. Even the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom discovered man's wickedness and misery; so that the more he knew, the more he saw cause to lament and mourn. Let us learn to hate and fear sin, the cause of all this vanity and misery; to value Christ; to seek rest in the knowledge, love, and service of the Saviour.
Study Bible
With Wisdom Comes Sorrow
14I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. 15What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted. 16I said to myself, "Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge."…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:13
Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?

Ecclesiastes 7:25
I directed my mind to know, to investigate and to seek wisdom and an explanation, and to know the evil of folly and the foolishness of madness.
Treasury of Scripture

That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

crooked

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Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall …

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and …

Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?

wanting or a defect

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