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Ecclesiastes 4

Vanity is increased unto men by oppression,

Ecclesiastes 4:1 I turned myself to other things, and I saw the oppressions that are done under the sun, and the tears of the innocent, and they had no comforter; and they were not able to resist their violence, being destitute of help from any. Ecclesiastes 4:2 And I praised the dead rather than the living: Ecclesiastes 4:3 And I judged him happier than them both, that is not yet born, nor hath seen the evils that are done under the sun.

by envy,

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again I considered all the labours of men, and I remarked that their industries are exposed to the envy of their neighbour: so in this also there is vanity, and fruitless care.

by idleness,

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh, saying: Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is a handful with rest, than both hands full with labour, and vexation of mind.

by covetousness,

Ecclesiastes 4:7 Considering I found also another vanity under the sun: Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is but one, and he hath not a second, no child, no brother, and yet he ceaseth not to labour, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches, neither doth he reflect, saying: For whom do I labour, and defraud my soul of good things? in this also is vanity, and a grievous vexation.

by solitariness,

Ecclesiastes 4:9 It is better therefore that two should be together, than one: for they have the advantage of their society: Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one fall he shall be supported by the other: woe to him that is alone, for when he falleth, he hath none to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:11 And if two lie together, they shall warm one another: how shall one alone be warmed? Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if a man prevail against one, two shall withstand him: a threefold cord is not easily broken.

by wilfulness.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a child that is poor and wise, than a king that is old and foolish, who knoweth not to foresee for hereafter. Ecclesiastes 4:14 Because out of prison and chains sometimes a man cometh forth to a kingdom: and another born king is consumed with poverty. Ecclesiastes 4:15 I saw all men living, that walk under the sun with the second young man, who shall rise up in his place. Ecclesiastes 4:16 The number of the people, of all that were before him is infinite: and they that shall come afterwards, shall not rejoice in him: but this also is vanity, and vexation of spirit.

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