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Ecclesiastes 7:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Consider the work of God: for who can make [that] straight, which he hath made crooked?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Consider the work of God, For who is able to straighten what He has bent?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Consider the work of God: for who can make [that] straight, which he hath made crooked?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what he hath made crooked?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Consider the work of God,—for who can straighten what he hath bent?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— See the work of God, For who is able to make straight that which He made crooked?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Consider the worke of God: for who can make that straight, which hee hath made crooked?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Behold the works of God: for who shall be able to straighten him whom God has made crooked?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Consider the work of Elohim: for who can make [that] straight, which he hath made crooked?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Consider 7200
{7200} Prime
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively).
<8798> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperative (See H8810)
Count - 2847
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
the work 4639
{4639} Prime
From H6213; an action (good or bad); generally a transaction; abstractly activity; by implication a product (specifically a poem) or (generally) property.
of lhm אֱלֹהִים: 430
{0430} Prime
Plural of H0433; gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used (in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme God; occasionally applied by way of deference to magistrates; and sometimes as a superlative.
for x3588
(3588) Complement
A primitive particle (the full form of the prepositional prefix) indicating causal relations of all kinds, antecedent or consequent; (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjugation or adverb; often largely modified by other particles annexed.
who x4310
(4310) Complement
An interrogitive pronoun of persons, as H4100 is of things, who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix.
can 3201
{3201} Prime
A primitive root; to be able, literally (can, could) or morally (may, might).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
make [that] straight, 8626
{8626} Prime
A primitive root; to equalize, that is, straighten (intransitively or transitively); figuratively to compose.
<8763> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 790
(0853) Complement
Apparently contracted from H0226 in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely).
which x834
(0834) Complement
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
he hath made crooked? 5791
{5791} Prime
A primitive root; to wrest.
<8765> Grammar
Stem - Piel (See H8840)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 2121
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 7:13

_ _ Consider as to God’s work, that it is impossible to alter His dispensations; for who can, etc.

_ _ straight ... crooked — Man cannot amend what God wills to be “wanting” and “adverse” (Ecclesiastes 1:15; Job 12:14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:11-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 7:13

Consider — His wise, and just, and powerful government of all events, which is proposed as the last and best remedy against all murmurings. For who — No man can correct or alter any of God's works; and therefore all frettings at the injuries of men, or calamities of times, are not only sinful, but also vain and fruitless. This implies that there is an hand of God in all mens actions, either effecting them, if they be good, or permitting them, if they be bad, and ordering and over — ruling them, whether they he good or bad.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Job 37:14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Psalms 8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
Psalms 107:43 Whoso [is] wise, and will observe these [things], even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.


Ecclesiastes 1:15 [That which is] crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Job 9:12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? who will say unto him, What doest thou?
Job 11:10 If he cut off, and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him?
Job 12:14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again: he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.
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 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul [it]? and his hand [is] stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Isaiah 43:13 Yea, before the day [was] I [am] he; and [there is] none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
Isaiah 46:10-11 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: ... Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken [it], I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed [it], I will also do it.
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?
Romans 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Romans 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
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Jb 9:12; 11:10; 12:14; 34:29; 37:14. Ps 8:3; 107:43. Ec 1:15. Is 5:12; 14:27; 43:13; 46:10. Dn 4:35. Ro 9:15, 19. Ep 1:11.

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