Ecclesiastes 1:15
Good News Translation
You can't straighten out what is crooked; you can't count things that aren't there.

New Revised Standard Version
What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted.

Contemporary English Version
If something is crooked, it can't be made straight; if something isn't there, it can't be counted.

New American Bible
What is crooked cannot be made straight, and you cannot count what is not there.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.


Ecclesiastes 3:14 I have learned that all the works which God hath made, continue for ever: we cannot add any thing, nor take away from those things which God hath made that he may be feared.

Ecclesiastes 7:12,13 For as wisdom is a defence, so money is a defence: but learning and wisdom excel in this, that they give life to him that possesseth them. . . .

Job 11:6 That he might shew thee the secrets of wisdom, and that his law is manifold, and thou mightest understand that he exacteth much less of thee, than thy iniquity deserveth.

Job 34:29 For when he granteth peace, who is there that can condemn? When he hideth his countenance, who is there that can behold him, whether it regard nations, or all men?

Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough ways plain.

Lamentations 3:37 Mem. Who is he that hath commanded a thing to be done, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Daniel 4:35 0

Matthew 6:27 And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit?

wanting or a defect

With Wisdom Comes Sorrow
14I have seen all things that are done under the sun, and behold all is vanity, and vexation of spirit. 15The perverse are hard to be corrected, and the number of fools is infinite.16I have spoken in my heart, saying: Behold I am become great, and have gone beyond all in wisdom, that were before me in Jerusalem: and my mind hath contemplated many things wisely, and I have learned.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:13
Consider the works of God, that no man can correct whom he hath despised.

Ecclesiastes 7:25
I have surveyed all things with my mind, to know, and consider, and seek out wisdom and reason: and to know the wickedness of the fool, and the error of the imprudent:

Ecclesiastes 1:14
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