Ecclesiastes 1:15
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English Standard Version
What is crooked cannot be made straight, 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"That which hath been is that which shall be, and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun." - The older form of the language uses only אשׁר instead of מה־שּׁ, in the sense of id quod, and in the sense of quid-quid, אשׁר כל (Ecclesiastes 6:10; Ecclesiastes 7:24); but mǎh is also used by it with the extinct force of an interrogative, in the sense of quodcunque, Job 13:13, aliquid (quidquam), Genesis 39:8; Proverbs 9:13; and mi or mi asher, in the sense of quisquis, Exodus 24:14; Exodus 32:33. In שׁ הוא (cf. Genesis 42:14) are combined the meanings id (est) quod and idem (est) quod; hu is often the expression of the equality of two things, Job 3:19, or of self-sameness, Psalm 102:28. The double clause, quod fuit ... quod factum est, comprehends that which is done in the world of nature and of men-the natural and the historical. The bold clause, neque est quidquam novi sub sole, challenges contradiction; the author feels this, as the next verse shows.

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Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it...

Ecclesiastes 7:12,13 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it...

Job 11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom...

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him?...

Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight...

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 he does according to his will in the army of heaven...

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

wanting or a defect

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:13
Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked?

Ecclesiastes 7:25
I turned my heart to know and to search out and to seek wisdom and the scheme of things, and to know the wickedness of folly and the foolishness that is madness.

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