Ecclesiastes 7:13
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New International Version
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?

New Living Translation
Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked?

English Standard Version
Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked?

New American Standard Bible
Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?

King James Bible
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Consider the work of God, for who can straighten out what He has made crooked?

International Standard Version
Consider the work of God: Who is able to straighten what he has bent?

NET Bible
Consider the work of God: For who can make straight what he has bent?

New Heart English Bible
Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Consider what God has done! Who can straighten what God has bent?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Consider the work of God; for who can make that straight, which He hath made crooked?

New American Standard 1977
Consider the work of God,
            For who is able to straighten what He has bent?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Consider the work of God; for who can make straight that which he has twisted?

King James 2000 Bible
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

American King James Version
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

American Standard Version
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised.

Darby Bible Translation
Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what he hath made crooked?

English Revised Version
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

Webster's Bible Translation
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

World English Bible
Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

Young's Literal Translation
See the work of God, For who is able to make straight that which He made crooked?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:11-22 Wisdom is as good as an inheritance, yea better. It shelters from the storms and scorching heat of trouble. Wealth will not lengthen out the natural life; but true wisdom will give spiritual life, and strengthen men for services under their sufferings. Let us look upon the disposal of our condition as the work of God, and at last all will appear to have been for the best. In acts of righteousness, be not carried into heats or passions, no, not by a zeal for God. Be not conceited of thine own abilities; nor find fault with every thing, nor busy thyself in other men's matters. Many who will not be wrought upon by the fear of God, and the dread of hell, will avoid sins which ruin their health and estate, and expose to public justice. But those that truly fear God, have but one end to serve, therefore act steadily. If we say we have not sinned, we deceive ourselves. Every true believer is ready to say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Forget not at the same time, that personal righteousness, walking in newness of life, is the only real evidence of an interest by faith in the righteousness of the Redeemer. Wisdom teaches us not to be quick in resenting affronts. Be not desirous to know what people say; if they speak well of thee, it will feed thy pride, if ill, it will stir up thy passion. See that thou approve thyself to God and thine own conscience, and then heed not what men say of thee; it is easier to pass by twenty affronts than to avenge one. When any harm is done to us, examine whether we have not done as bad to others.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
12For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors. 13Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent? 14In the day of prosperity be happy, But in the day of adversity consider-- God has made the one as well as the other So that man will not discover anything that will be after him.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 1:15
What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything appropriate in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end.

Ecclesiastes 8:17
and I saw every work of God, I concluded that man cannot discover the work which has been done under the sun. Even though man should seek laboriously, he will not discover; and though the wise man should say, "I know," he cannot discover.
Treasury of Scripture

Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

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Job 37:14 Listen to this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.

Psalm 8:3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon …

Psalm 107:43 Whoever is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand …

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

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Ecclesiastes 1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is …

Job 9:12 Behold, he takes away, who can hinder him? who will say to him, What do you?

Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?

Job 12:14 Behold, he breaks down, and it cannot be built again: he shuts up …

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides …

Isaiah 14:27 For the LORD of hosts has purposed, and who shall cancel it? and …

Isaiah 43:13 Yes, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver …

Isaiah 46:10,11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the …

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

Romans 9:15,19 For he said to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, …

Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance…

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