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

  • A disciple
    Dear Bob; I love the Book of 'The Preacher' or, 'The Summoner.' Some Bible expositors say that Ecclesiastes was a Book about Solomon's Non-Spirit filled attempt to figure out life. But what it really is, is a collection of examples used to call people to rise above this present existence, and all its vanity and vexation of spirit. The very Title of the Book implies Preaching and Calling Assembly.
  • Bob DeHaan
    I have gained much wisdom and understanding from this wonderful book called Ecclesiastes. The heart of man seeks all that is vanity in this world. We can not understand unless we give up our lives to Jesus Christ. We become new creations in Christ, seeking seeking An Eternal perspective instead of a vain and temporal perspective. Holy Spirit feed us the Bread of Life each new day!
  • Clarence Bagley
    could it be that Year's is only a myth if there is nothing new under the sun
  • Carolyn Rowe
    God gave Solomon wisdom greater than anyone before or after him, yet he ended up marrying 700 "strange " women ( heathens) who turned his heart from God to idols. Man at his best is vanity. He misuses God's gifts on his lust.
  • I perceive the knowledge of Geography as a subject already existing in full deta
    God is Omniscient. He knows everything, and we need to therefore fear Him alone who knows all things in secret and in the open, in dark or in light, in private or in public. Fear Him Alone!
  • Claude perea
    Jesus our Lord is all knowing all wise and all power yet most people in this life don't care to know him This I Would Say Is TRULY vanity

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