Ecclesiastes 1:15

That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That which is crooked, cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbred.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
- American Standard Version (1901)

That which is bent may not be made straight, and that which is not there may not be numbered.
- Basic English Bible

That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
- Darby Bible

That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
- Webster's Bible

That which is crooked can't be made straight; and that which is lacking can't be counted.
- World English Bible

A crooked thing [one] is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.
- Youngs Literal Bible

That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:15


1:15 Crooked - All our knowledge serves only to discover our miseries, but is utterly insufficient to remove them; it cannot rectify those disorders which are either in our own hearts and lives, or in the men and things of the world. Wanting - In our knowledge. Or, counted out to us from the treasures of human learning. But what is wanting, will still be so. And that which is wanting in our own knowledge, is so much that it cannot be numbered. The more we know, the more we see of our own ignorance.


Discussion for Ecclesiastes 1

  • Michael C.
    The Book of the Preacher, or, The Summoner; is exactly that! The Spirit searches the deep things of God, and convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Solomon's desire, from the day he took the throne, was to worthily follow in the steps of his father, "A man after the LORD's own heart, who would fulfill all His will." His desire was to feed Israel with knowledge and wisdom from God.
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    Alie J. Matthew 1:18; "Mary was with child, by the Holy Spirit". God caused her pregnancy; She gave birth to God; came to earth in the flesh.
  • Alie jent
    There is no new thing under
    the sun. What has happened
    or occuring in your life has
    occured before. What we
    are seeing today was there
    already. eg. Artificial
    insemination. Joseph did
    not sleep with marry but
    marry got pregnant. eg2.
    elevator: Jacob saw angels
    running to and fro in his
    dreams. Women crying for
    children. Hannah did the
    same thing.
  • Benjamin Ajayi
    This is very very Educative for a devoted child of God who considered
    this world we are as vanity...all our race in the world is all but vanity.
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon
  • Linda Johnson for verse 10
    I'm not really sure, it looks like it is saying history repeats itself, however,. one must read with the mind of Christ in the spirit of the living God...

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