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.
Darby 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He saw clearly both the disorder and incompleteness of human actions (compare the marginal reference), and also man's impotence to rectify them.
LibraryThe Past and the Future
'The thing that hath been, it is that which shall he; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.'--ECCLES. i. 9. 'That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles.'--l PETER iv. 2, 3. If you will look at these two passages carefully you will, I think, see that they imply two different, and in some respects …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
"And Hereby we do Know that we Know Him, if we Keep his Commandments. "
Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?
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.
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