Ecclesiastes 4 (The Darby Translation)

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1 And I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors was power, and they had no comforter. 2 Then I praised the dead who are already dead more than the living who are yet alive; 3 and more fortunate a than both is he who hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 4 And I saw all labour, and all success b of work, that it is man's jealousy of his neighbour. This also is vanity and pursuit of the wind. 5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 6 Better is a handful with c quietness, than both hands full with d labour and pursuit of the wind. 7 And I returned and saw vanity under the sun. 8 There is one [alone] and without a second; also he hath neither son nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied with riches, and [he saith not], For whom then am I labouring, and depriving my soul of good? This also is vanity and a grievous occupation. 9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and who hath not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one alone be warm? 12 And if a [man] overpower the one, the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 13 Better is a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth no more how to be admonished. 14 For out of the prison-house he came forth to reign, although he was born poor in his kingdom. 15 I saw all the living that walk under the sun, with the child, the second, that should stand up in his stead. 16 [There is] no end of all the people, of all that stood before them; e those however that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after the wind.
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