Ecclesiastes 4

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CHAP. IV. Chapter summary Ecclesiastes chapter 4
1 Vanitie is encreased vnto men by oppression, 4 By enuie, 5 By idlenesse, 7 By couetousnesse, 9 By solitarinesse, 13 By wilfulnesse.
King James Version (1769) with Strongs Numbers and Morphology: Ecclesiastes Chapter 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.
 [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.
 [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.
 [9] Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
 [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.
 [11] Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
 [12] And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
 [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.