Ecclesiastes 4:1-8 NIV

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

1 Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter.

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2 And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive.

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3 But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.

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4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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5 Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves.

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6 Better one handful with tranquillity than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.

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7 Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:
8 There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. “For whom am I toiling,” he asked, “and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?” This too is meaningless— a miserable business!

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