Ecclesiastes 7:13
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?

Berean Study Bible
Consider the work of God: Who can straighten what He has bent?

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?

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

Contemporary English Version
Think of what God has done! If God makes something crooked, can you make it straight?

Good News Translation
Think about what God has done. How can anyone straighten out what God has 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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold the works of God: for who shall be able to straighten him whom God has 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?
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
12For wisdom, like money, is a shelter, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner. 13Consider the work of God: Who can straighten what He has bent? 14In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity, consider this: God has made one of these along with the other, so that a man cannot discover anything that will come 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 beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom the work God has done from beginning to end.

Ecclesiastes 8:17
I saw every work of God, and that a man is unable to comprehend the work that is done under the sun. Despite his efforts to search it out, he cannot find its meaning; even if the wise man claims to know, he is unable to comprehend.

Treasury of Scripture

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

consider

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

Psalm 8:3
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

Psalm 107:43
Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.

who

Ecclesiastes 1:15
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Job 9:12
Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?

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







Lexicon
Consider
רְאֵ֖ה (rə·’êh)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

the work
מַעֲשֵׂ֣ה (ma·‘ă·śêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4639: An action, a transaction, activity, a product, property

of God:
הָאֱלֹהִ֑ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

Who
מִ֤י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

can
יוּכַל֙ (yū·ḵal)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3201: To be able, have power

straighten
לְתַקֵּ֔ן (lə·ṯaq·qên)
Preposition-l | Verb - Piel - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 8626: To equalize, straighten, to compose

what
אֲשֶׁ֥ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

He has bent?
עִוְּתֽוֹ׃ (‘iw·wə·ṯōw)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5791: To be bent or crooked
Verse 13. - Consider the work of God. Here is another reason against murmuring and hasty judgment. True wisdom is shown by submission to the inevitable. In all that happens one ought to recognize God's work and God's ordering, and man's impotence. For who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked? The things which God hath made crooked are the anomalies, the crosses, the difficulties, which meet us in life. Some would include bodily deformities, which seems to be a piece of unnecessary literalism. Thus the Septuagint, Τίς δυνήσεται κοσμῆσαι ο{ν α}ν ὁ Θεὸς διαστρέψῃ αὐτόν; "Who will be able to straighten him whom God has distorted?" and the Vulgate, Nemo possit corrigere quem ille despexerit, "No one can amend him whom he hath despised." The thought goes back to what was said in Ecclesiastes 1:15, "That which is crooked cannot be made straight;" and in Ecclesiastes 6:10, man "cannot contend with him that is mightier than he." "As for the wondrous works of the Lord," says Ben-Sirs," there may be nothing taken from them, neither may anything be put unto them, neither can the ground of them be found out" (Ecclus. 18:6). We cannot arrange events according to our wishes or expectations; therefore not only is placid acquiescence a necessary duty, but the wise man will endeavor to accommodate himself to existing circumstances 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.
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