Geneva Bible

Ecclesiastes 4

Vanity is increased unto men by oppression,

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I turned and considered all the oppressions that are wrought vnder the sunne, and beholde the teares of the oppressed, and none comforteth them: and lo, the strength is of the hand of them that oppresse them, & none comforteth them. Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherefore I praysed the dead which now are dead, aboue the liuing, which are yet aliue. Ecclesiastes 4:3 And I count him better then them both, which hath not yet bin: for he hath not seene the euill workes which are wrought vnder the sunne.

by envy,

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Also I beheld all trauaile, & all perfection of workes that this is ye enuie of a man against his neighbour: this also is vanitie & vexation of spirit.

by idleness,

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The foole foldeth his hands, and eateth vp his owne flesh. Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better is an handfull with quietnesse, then two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.

by covetousness,

Ecclesiastes 4:7 Againe I returned, and sawe vanitie vnder the sunne. Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, & there is not a second, which hath neither sonne nor brother, yet is there none end of all his trauaile, neither can his eye be satisfied with riches: neither doeth he thinke, For whome doe I trauaile and defraude my soule of pleasure? this also is vanitie, and this is an euill trauaile.

by solitariness,

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better then one: for they haue better wages for their labour. Ecclesiastes 4:10 For if they fal, the one wil lift vp his felow: but wo vnto him that is alone: for he falleth, and there is not a second to lift him vp. Ecclesiastes 4:11 Also if two sleepe together, then shall they haue heate: but to one how should there be heate? Ecclesiastes 4:12 And if one ouercome him, two shall stand against him: and a threefolde coard is not easily broken.

by wilfulness.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poore and wise childe, then an olde and foolish King, which will no more be admonished. Ecclesiastes 4:14 For out of the prison he commeth forth to reigne: when as he that is borne in his kingdome, is made poore. Ecclesiastes 4:15 I behelde all the liuing, which walke vnder the sunne, with the second childe, which shall stand vp in his place. Ecclesiastes 4:16 There is none ende of all the people, nor of all that were before them, and they that come after, shall not reioyce in him: surely this is also vanitie and vexation of spirit.

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