- Then I returned and saw 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.
- Wherefore I praised the dead that have been long dead more than the living that are yet alive;
- yea, better than them both [did I esteem] him that hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
- Then I saw all labor and every skilful work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor.
This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
- The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
- Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and striving after wind.
- Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.
- There is one that is alone, and he hath not a second;
yea, he hath neither son nor brother;
yet is there no end of all his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with riches.
For whom then, [saith he], do I labor, and deprive my soul of good?
This also is vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
- Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.
- For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow;
but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up.
- Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth;
but how can one be warm [alone]?
- And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him;
and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
- Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more.
- For out of prison he came forth to be king;
yea, even in his kingdom he was born poor.
- I saw all the living that walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the second, that stood up in his stead.
- There was no end of all the people, even of all them over whom he was: yet they that come after shall not rejoice in him.
Surely this also is vanity and a striving after wind.