Parallel Verses

Lexham Expanded Bible

When I thought about [how] to understand this, it [was] troubling in my eyes

New American Standard Bible

When I pondered to understand this,
It was troublesome in my sight

King James Version

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

Holman Bible

When I tried to understand all this,
it seemed hopeless

International Standard Version

When I tried to understand this, it was too difficult for me

A Conservative Version

When I thought how I might understand this, it was too painful for me,

American Standard Version

When I thought how I might know this, It was too painful for me;

Amplified


When I considered how to understand this,
It was too great an effort for me and too painful

Bible in Basic English

When my thoughts were turned to see the reason of this, it was a weariness in my eyes;

Darby Translation

When I thought to be able to know this, it was a grievous task in mine eyes;

Julia Smith Translation

And I shall think to know this, it is labor in mine eyes.

King James 2000

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

Modern King James verseion

When I thought deeply in order to understand this, it was painful for me,

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Then thought I to understand this; but it was too hard for me,

NET Bible

When I tried to make sense of this, it was troubling to me.

New Heart English Bible

When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

The Emphasized Bible

When I reasoned, that I might understand this, A vexation, it was in mine eyes:

Webster

When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;

World English Bible

When I tried to understand this, it was too painful for me;

Youngs Literal Translation

And I think to know this, Perverseness it is in mine eyes,

Verse Info

Context Readings

God's Ways Vindicated

15 If I had said, "I will speak thus," behold, I would have acted treacherously against your children's generation. 16 When I thought about [how] to understand this, it [was] troubling in my eyes 17 until I went into the sanctuary of God. [Then] I understood their fate.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 8:17

Then I saw all the work of God--man [is] not able to discover the work that is done under the sun. Although man may toil in seeking, he cannot find it. Even if a wise man claims [that he] knows it, he cannot find it.

Psalm 36:6

Your righteousness [is] {like the mighty mountains}, your judgments [like the] great deep. You save man and beast, O Yahweh.

Psalm 39:6

Surely a man walks about as a [mere] {shadow}; surely in vain they bustle about. He heaps up [possessions] but does not know who [will] gather them [in].

Psalm 77:19

Your way [was] through the sea, and your path through many waters. Yet your footprints were not discerned.

Psalm 97:2

Cloud and thick darkness [are] surrounding him; righteousness and justice [are] the foundation of his throne.

Proverbs 30:2-3

Certainly I [am more] stupid than a man, and the understanding of humankind [is] not for me.

Luke 18:32-34

For he will be handed over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and mistreated and spit on,

John 16:18-19

So they kept on saying, "What is this that he is saying, 'A little [while]'? We do not understand what he is speaking about!"

Romans 11:33

Oh, the depth of the riches and the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable [are] his judgments and [how] incomprehensible [are] his ways!

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