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Ecclesiastes 4

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ECCLES 4:1 So I returned, and considered 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 comforter.

ECCLES 4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead who are already dead more than the living who are yet alive.

ECCLES 4:3 Yes, better is he than both they, who hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

ECCLES 4:4 Again, I considered all labor, and every right work, that for this a man is envied by his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

ECCLES 4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

ECCLES 4:6 Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with toil and vexation of spirit.

ECCLES 4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

ECCLES 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labor, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yes, it is a grievous labor.

ECCLES 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor.

ECCLES 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him to rise.

ECCLES 4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

ECCLES 4:12 And if one prevaileth against him, two shall withstand him; and a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.

ECCLES 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child, than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

ECCLES 4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

ECCLES 4:15 I considered all the living who walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.

ECCLES 4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

ECCLES 4:17 \5:1\Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.