Ecclesiastes 4

CHAPTER 4

Inequalities of Life

And I turned and I beheld all the extortions, the ones happening under the sun. And behold, the tear of the ones being extorted, and there is not one comforting them. And by the hand of ones extorting them was by strength, and there is not one comforting them. And I praised all of the ones having died of the ones already dying more than the living, as many as live until the present. And better above these two which not yet was born, which knew not all the [2action 1evil] being done under the sun. And I beheld all the effort, and all courage of action; for the same zeal of man is from his companion. And indeed this is folly and resolve of spirit. The fool embraces his hands, and eats his flesh. Better [2full 1a handful] of rest, than [3full 1two 2handfuls] of trouble and resolve of spirit. And I turned, and I saw folly under the sun. There is one alone, and there is not a second; and indeed, [2son 3nor 4indeed 5a brother 1there is no] to him. And there is no limit to all his effort; and indeed his eye is not satisfied of riches; and saying, Why do I make an effort, and deprive my soul of goodness? And indeed, this [2folly 3and 5distraction 4an evil 1is]. Better the two than the one, in which there is to them [2wage 1a good] in their effort. 10 For if they should fall, the one shall raise his partner. But woe to him, to the one, whenever he should fall and there should not be a second to raise him. 11 And if [2should go to bed 1two] and heat themselves, then the one, how shall he heat himself? 12 And if one prevails against the one, the two shall stand against him. And the [2cord 1three-stranded] shall not be quickly ripped apart. 13 Better [4child 1a needy 2and 3wise], than [4king 1an older 2and 3foolish] who does not know to take heed any longer. 14 For from out of the house of the prisoners he shall come forth to reign, for even indeed in his kingdom he was needy. 15 I beheld all of the living, of the ones walking under the sun, with the young of the second generation who will stand in place of him. 16 There is no limit to all the people, to all as many as was before them; and indeed, the last shall not be glad in himself. For even indeed this is folly and resolve of spirit.
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