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Ecclesiastes 4

4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done vnder the sunne; & behold the teares of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter: and on the side of their oppressours there was power, but they had no comforter. 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead, more then the liuing which are yet aliue. 4:3 Yea better is he then both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seene the euill worke that is done vnder the Sunne. 4:4 Againe I considered all trauaile, and euery right worke, that for this a man is enuied of his neighbour: this is also vanitie, and vexation of spirit. 4:5 The foole foldeth his hands together, and eateth his owne flesh. 4:6 Better is an handfull with quietnesse, then both the hands full with trauell and vexation of spirit. 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanitie vnder the Sunne. 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither childe nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour, neither is his eye satisfied with riches, neither sayth hee, For whom doe I labour, and bereaue my soule of good this is also vanitie, yea it is a sore trauell. 4:9 Two are better then one; because they haue a good reward for their labour. 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift vp his fellow; but woe to him that is alone, when he falleth: for he hath not another to helpe him vp. 4:11 Againe, if two lye together, then they haue heate; but howe can one be warme alone 4:12 And if one preuaile against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold coard is not quickly broken. 4:13 Better is a poore and a wise child, then an old and foolish king who will no more be admonished. 4:14 For out of prison hee commeth to raigne, whereas also he that is borne in his kingdome, becommeth poore. 4:15 I considered all the liuing which walke vnder the sunne, with the second child that shall stand vp in his stead. 4:16 There is no end of all the people, euen of all that haue beene before them: they also that come after, shall not reioyce in him: surely this also is vanitie, and vexation of spirit.

King James Version 1611 - Public Domain