4 Again I looked and saw all the oppressiond that was taking place under the sun:
I saw the tears of the oppressed—
and they have no comforter;
power was on the side of their oppressors—
and they have no comforter.e
2 And I declared that the dead,f
who had already died,
are happier than the living,
who are still alive.g
is the one who has never been born,h
who has not seen the evil
that is done under the sun.i
4 And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.j
5 Fools fold their handsk
and ruin themselves.
than two handfuls with toill
and chasing after the wind.
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not contentm with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!
because they have a good return for their labor:
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
But how can one keep warm alone?
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
13 Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning. 14 The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom. 15 I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor. 16 There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
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