English Revised Version

Ecclesiastes 4

Vanity is increased unto men by oppression,

Ecclesiastes 4:1 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter. Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive; Ecclesiastes 4:3 yea, better than them both [did I esteem] him which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

by envy,

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Then I saw all labour and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

by idleness,

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and striving after wind.

by covetousness,

Ecclesiastes 4:7 Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun. Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second; yea, he hath neither son nor brother; yet is there no end of all his labour, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches. For whom then, [saith he], do I labour, and deprive my soul of good? This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

by solitariness,

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth: but how can one be warm [alone]? Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

by wilfulness.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more. Ecclesiastes 4:14 For out of prison he came forth to be king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor. Ecclesiastes 4:15 I saw all the living which walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the second, that stood up in his stead. Ecclesiastes 4:16 There was no end of all the people, even of all them over whom he was: yet they that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.

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