Matthew Bible

Ecclesiastes 4

Vanity is increased unto men by oppression,

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I turned me, & considred al the violent wrong that is done vnder the sunne: & beholde, the teares of such as were oppressed, & there was no man to comforte them or that wolde deliuer & defende them from the violence of their oppressours. Ecclesiastes 4:2 Wherfore I iudged those that are dead, to be more happy then such as be alyue: Ecclesiastes 4:3 yea, hym that is yet vnborne to be better at ease then they both, because he seith not the miserable workes that are done vnder the sunne.

by envy,

Ecclesiastes 4:4 Agayn, I sawe that all trauayle and diligence of labour was hated of euery man. This is also a vayn thinge, and a vexacion of mynde.

by idleness,

Ecclesiastes 4:5 The foole foldeth his handes together, and eateth vp hys owne flesh. Ecclesiastes 4:6 One hand full (sayeth he) is better with rest, then bothe the handes full with labour and trauayle.

by covetousness,

Ecclesiastes 4:7 Moreouer, I turned me, & beholde yet another vanitie vnder the Sunne. Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one man, no mo but him self alone, hauing neither childe nor brother: yet is there no ende of his carefull trauayle, hys eyes can not be satysfied with ryches, (yet doth he not remembre him selfe, & saye:) For whome do I take such trauayle? For whose pleasure do I thus consume away my lyfe? This is also a vayne & miserable thynge.

by solitariness,

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Therfore two are better then one, for they may well enioy the profyt of their labour. Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one of them fall, hys companion helpeth hym vp agayn: But wo is hym that is alone, for if he fall, he hathe not another to helpe hym vp. Ecclesiastes 4:11 Agayn, when two slepe together, they are warme: but how can a body be warme alone? Ecclesiastes 4:12 One maye be ouercome, but two may make resistaunce: A three folde cable is not lightly broken.

by wilfulness.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 A poore chylde beynge wyse, is better then an olde kynge, that doteth, & can not beware in tyme to come. Ecclesiastes 4:14 Some one commeth out of pryson, & is made a kyng: and another which is born in the kyngdome, commeth vnto pouerte. Ecclesiastes 4:15 And I perceyued, that al men lyuyng vnder þe Sunne, go with the seconde chylde, that commeth vp in the steade of the other. Ecclesiastes 4:16 As for the people that haue bene before hym, and that come after him, they are innumerable: yet is not their ioy the greater thorow hym. This is also a vayne thyng and a vexacion of mynde.

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