4 1Then 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
2Wherefore I praised the dead that have been long dead more
than the living that are yet alive;
3yea, better than them both did I
esteem him that hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that
is done under the sun.
4Then I saw all labor and every skilful work, that
for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving
5The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own
6Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor
and striving after wind.
7Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.
8There 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 labor, neither are
his eyes satisfied with riches. For whom then, saith he, do I labor,
and deprive my soul of good? This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
9Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their
10For 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.
11Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be
12And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two
shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to
receive admonition any more.
14For out of prison he came forth to be
king; yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.
15I saw all the living
that walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the second, that
stood up in his stead.
16There 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.