1611 King James Bible

Ecclesiastes 4

Vanity is increased unto men by oppression,

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done vnder the sunne; & behold the teares of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter: and on the side of their oppressours [there was] power, but they [had] no comforter. Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead, more then the liuing which are yet aliue. Ecclesiastes 4:3 Yea better is he then both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seene the euill worke that is done vnder the Sunne.

by envy,

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Againe I considered all trauaile, and euery right worke, that for this a man is enuied of his neighbour: this [is] also vanitie, and vexation of spirit.

by idleness,

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The foole foldeth his hands together, and eateth his owne flesh. Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handfull [with] quietnesse, then both the hands full [with] trauell and vexation of spirit.

by covetousness,

Ecclesiastes 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanitie vnder the Sunne. Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one [alone], and [there is] not a second; yea, he [hath] neither childe nor brother: yet [is there] no end of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied with riches, neither [sayth hee], For whom doe I labour, and bereaue my soule of good? this [is] also vanitie, yea it [is] a sore trauell.

by solitariness,

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two [are] better then one; because they haue a good reward for their labour. Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift vp his fellow; but woe to him that is alone, when he falleth: for he [hath] not another to helpe him vp. Ecclesiastes 4:11 Againe, if two lye together, then they haue heate; but howe can one be warme [alone]? Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one preuaile against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold coard is not quickly broken.

by wilfulness.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better [is] a poore and a wise child, then an old and foolish king who will no more be admonished. Ecclesiastes 4:14 For out of prison hee commeth to raigne, whereas also he that is borne in his kingdome, [becommeth] poore. Ecclesiastes 4:15 I considered all the liuing which walke vnder the sunne, with the second child that shall stand vp in his stead. Ecclesiastes 4:16 [There is] no end of all the people, [euen] of all that haue beene before them: they also that come after, shall not reioyce in him: surely this also [is] vanitie, and vexation of spirit.

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