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Ecclesiastes

CHAPTER 4

The fool eats his own flesh
4:1-8

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.

Many are oppressed without comfort.

2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.

3 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

So I considered the dead more fortunate than the living.

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

6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

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

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

The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.

One is the loneliest number
4:9-16

9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

Two are better than one, since they can get more done than either could alone,

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 up.

they can help each other if one gets into trouble,

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

keep each other warm when it gets cold,

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

and protect each other if either is attacked.

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

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

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

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.

A poor but wise child is better than and old and foolish king.