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Ecclesiastes 1:15 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [That which is] crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [That which is] crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— That which is crooked, cannot be straight,—and, that which is wanting, cannot be reckoned.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A crooked thing [one] is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— That which is crooked, cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbred.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and deficiency cannot be numbered.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— [That which is] crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[That which is] crooked 5791
{5791} Prime
עָוַת
`avath
{aw-vath'}
A primitive root; to wrest.
z8794
<8794> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 194
cannot 3201
{3201} Prime
יָכֹל
yakol
{yaw-kole'}
A primitive root; to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
be made straight: 8626
{8626} Prime
תָּקַן
taqan
{taw-kan'}
A primitive root; to equalize, that is, straighten (intransitively or transitively); figuratively to compose.
z8800
<8800> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 4888
and that which is wanting 2642
{2642} Prime
חֶסְרוֹן
checrown
{khes-rone'}
From H2637; deficiency.
cannot 3201
{3201} Prime
יָכֹל
yakol
{yaw-kole'}
A primitive root; to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
be numbered. 4487
{4487} Prime
מָנַה
manah
{maw-naw'}
A primitive root; properly to weigh out; by implication to allot or constitute officially; also to enumerate or enroll.
z8736
<8736> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 240
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 1:15

_ _ Investigation (Ecclesiastes 1:13) into human ways is vain labor, for they are hopelessly “crooked” and “cannot be made straight” by it (Ecclesiastes 7:13). God, the chief good, alone can do this (Isaiah 40:4; Isaiah 45:2).

_ _ wanting — (Daniel 5:27).

_ _ numbered — so as to make a complete number; so equivalent to “supplied” [Maurer]. Or, rather, man’s state is utterly wanting; and that which is wholly defective cannot be numbered or calculated. The investigator thinks he can draw up, in accurate numbers, statistics of man’s wants; but these, including the defects in the investigator’s labor, are not partial, but total.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ecclesiastes 1:15

[That which is] (k) crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is lacking cannot be numbered.

(k) Man is not able by all his diligence to cause things to go other than they do: neither can he number the faults that are committed, much less remedy them.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
crooked:

Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth [it], that [men] should fear before him.
Ecclesiastes 7:12-13 For wisdom [is] a defence, [and] money [is] a defence: but the excellency of knowledge [is, that] wisdom giveth life to them that have it. ... Consider the work of God: for who can make [that] straight, which he hath made crooked?
Job 11:6 And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that [they are] double to that which is! Know therefore that God exacteth of thee [less] than thine iniquity [deserveth].
Job 34:29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hideth [his] face, who then can behold him? whether [it be done] against a nation, or against a man only:
Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
Lamentations 3:37 Who [is] he [that] saith, and it cometh to pass, [when] the Lord commandeth [it] not?
Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

wanting:
Heb. defect
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Jb 11:6; 34:29. Ec 3:14; 7:12. Is 40:4. Lm 3:37. Dn 4:35. Mt 6:27.

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