4 I looked and saw how much people were suffering on this earth.
I saw the tears of those who are suffering.
They don’t have anyone to comfort them.
Power is on the side of those who beat them down.
Those who are suffering don’t have anyone to comfort them.
who have already died
are happier than those
who are still alive.
is better off than the dead or the living.
That’s because he hasn’t seen the evil things
that are done on earth.
And that destroys him.
is better than two handfuls with hard work.
Working too hard is like chasing the wind.
He didn’t have any sons or brothers.
His hard work never ended.
But he wasn’t happy with what he had.
“Who am I working so hard for?” he asked.
“Why don’t I get the things I enjoy?”
That doesn’t have any meaning either.
In fact, it’s a very bad deal!
They can help each other in everything they do.
Then his friend can help him up.
But suppose the man who falls down doesn’t have anyone to help him up.
Then feel sorry for him!
Then they’ll keep warm.
But how can one person keep warm alone?
But two people can stand up for themselves.
And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken.
13A poor but wise young man is better off than an old but foolish king. That king doesn’t pay attention to a warning anymore. 14The young man might have come from prison to become king. Or he might have been born poor within the kingdom but still became king. 15I saw that everyone was following the young man who had become the new king.
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