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Ecclesiastes 7:13

    Ecclesiastes 7:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Give thought to the work of God. Who will make straight what he has made bent?

    Webster's Revision

    Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

    World English Bible

    Consider the work of God, for who can make that straight, which he has made crooked?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:13

    Consider the work of God - Such is the nature of his providence, that it puts money into the hands of few: but wisdom is within the reach of all. The first is not necessary to happiness; therefore, it is not offered to men; the latter is; and therefore God, in his goodness, offers it to the whole human race. The former can rarely be acquired, for God puts it out of the reach of most men, and you cannot make that straight which he has made crooked; the latter may be easily attained by every person who carefully and seriously seeks it from God.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:13

    The work of God - The scheme of Divine Providence, the course of events which God orders and controls (compare Ecclesiastes 3:11). It comprises both events which are "straight," i. e., in accordance with our expectation, and events which are "crooked," i. e., which by their seeming inequality baffle our comprehension.