New International Version
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?
King James Bible
Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
Darby Bible Translation
Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what 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?
Ecclesiastes 7:13 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Consider the work of God - Such is the nature of his providence, that it puts money into the hands of few: but wisdom is within the reach of all. The first is not necessary to happiness; therefore, it is not offered to men; the latter is; and therefore God, in his goodness, offers it to the whole human race. The former can rarely be acquired, for God puts it out of the reach of most men, and you cannot make that straight which he has made crooked; the latter may be easily attained by every person who carefully and seriously seeks it from God.
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'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.
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