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

  • Terry neil owens
    I think God is telling us he gives the knowledge we are searching for but they are also more sorrows that you share as you are searching.this world has its share of sorrows. Has you share witnessing with those Laden with burdens. Around you also what is now is probally a ready been. God knew it then God knows it now and He will know it tomorrow. He is the before. The now and forever Amen


  • Emelia
    What I can say is that in everything we are doing in this wold must to be done in the will of God .
  • Irene123
    1 Kgs.3:9 - Solomon asked for understanding (wisdom) in judging ALL the people, all by himself, no appointing others, as Moses did, in helping with this. Solomon was rather self-centered, but God could, and did use him, but Solomon's end was - bad. He totally left the Lord.
  • Irene123
    To Michael C. on Eccl. - God will grant you what you want; no matter if it's for His glory or your own. Solomon did not follow after the Lord as David his father did: you need to read the WHOLE chap. of 1 KGS. 11. God granted Solomon wisdom, but God KNEW why he asked for wisdom instead of a heart to follow after God. Had he asked for such a heart - God would have granted it, and wisdom.
  • 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.
  • Christian o.
    yes , thisbook is filled with wisdom. my advice to all is that : they should live in wisdom like solomon

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