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

  • 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
  • A disciple
    Pauson; this is something that many of us were taught, by those who didn't know themselves! The fact is, that Solomon had asked the LORD for this wisdom to be able to feed the people with knowledge and understanding. "The Preacher;" which is most accurately interpreted, "The Summoner, (one who calls to assembly);" was written for awakening men out of the vanities of this life, to bring them to God
  • Pauson
    Solomon could not understand his purpise of living. He served his interests rather than thinking about his legacy. All is vanity without christ.
  • Chris Powell
    All that we seek and have is vanity, listen to what the Lord is saying. We can own everything in this world but will never be satisfied.
  • A disciple
    Billy B. Yes, I think those are good points. Something more you may find interesting; when we think of Ecclesiastes as God's Spirit in Solomon preaching to His people Israel, and summoning them to the great Assembly of the Saved; of all the distractions, cares and pleasures of this life; of all the vanity and vexation of spirit; how do we consider, "What will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
  • Billy b
    So what I get out of it is that no matter how great or how strong and big Jesus makes us where only made in his image we are not perfect the point is not to focus on the bad but to show God loves us all and came for sinners

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