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4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the
living which are yet alive.
4:3 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.
4:4 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.
4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with
travail and vexation of spirit.
4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
4:8 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.
4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their
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 up.
4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one
be warm alone? 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall
withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king,
who will no more be admonished.
4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is
born in his kingdom becometh poor.
4:15 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the
second child that shall stand up in his stead.
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.