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Ecclesiastes 4 (WEBP)

[1] Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
[2] Therefore I praised the dead who have been long dead more than the living who are yet alive.
[3] Yes, better than them both is him who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
[4] Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a man’s neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
[5] The fool folds his hands together and ruins himself.
[6] Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.
[7] Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.
[8] There is one who is alone, and he has neither son nor brother. There is no end to all of his labor, neither are his eyes satisfied with wealth. “For whom then do I labor and deprive my soul of enjoyment?” This also is vanity. Yes, it is a miserable business.
[9] Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.
[10] For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up.
[11] Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone?
[12] If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
[13] Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who doesn’t know how to receive admonition any more.
[14] For out of prison he came out to be king; yes, even in his kingdom he was born poor.
[15] I saw all the living who walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the other, who succeeded him.
[16] There was no end of all the people, even of all them over whom he was—yet those who come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.

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King James w/Strong’s #s

Ecclesiastes 4 (KJVS)

[1] So I returned H7725 (8804), and considered H7200 (8799) all the oppressions H6217 that are done H6213 (8737) under the sun H8121: and behold the tears H1832 of [such as were] oppressed H6231 (8803), and they had no comforter H5162 (8764); and on the side H3027 of their oppressors H6231 (8802) [there was] power H3581; but they had no comforter H5162 (8764).
[2] Wherefore I praised H7623 (8764) the dead H4191 (8801) which are already H3528 dead H4191 (8804) more than the living H2416 which are yet H5728 alive H2416.
[3] Yea, better H2896 [is he] than both H8147 they, which hath not yet H5728 been, who hath not seen H7200 (8804) the evil H7451 work H4639 that is done H6213 (8738) under the sun H8121.
[4] Again, I considered H7200 (8804) all travail H5999, and every right H3788 work H4639, that for this a man H376 is envied H7068 of his neighbour H7453. This [is] also vanity H1892 and vexation H7469 of spirit H7307.
[5] The fool H3684 foldeth H2263 his hands H3027 together H2263 (8802), and eateth H398 (8802) his own flesh H1320.
[6] Better H2896 [is] an handful H3709 [with] quietness H5183, than both the hands H2651 full H4393 [with] travail H5999 and vexation H7469 of spirit H7307.
[7] Then I returned H7725 (8804), and I saw H7200 (8799) vanity H1892 under the sun H8121.
[8] There is H3426 one H259 [alone], and [there is] not a second H8145; yea, he hath neither child H1121 nor brother H251: yet [is there] no end H7093 of all his labour H5999; neither is his eye H5869 satisfied H7646 (8799) with riches H6239; neither [saith he], For whom do I labour H6001, and bereave H2637 (8764) my soul H5315 of good H2896? This [is] also vanity H1892, yea, it [is] a sore H7451 travail H6045.
[9] Two H8147 [are] better H2896 than one H259; because they have H3426 a good H2896 reward H7939 for their labour H5999.
[10] For if they fall H5307 (8799), the one H259 will lift up H6965 (8686) his fellow H2270: but woe H337 to him [that is] alone H259 when he falleth H5307 (8799); for [he hath] not another H8145 to help him up H6965 (8687).
[11] Again H1571, if two H8147 lie together H7901 (8799), then they have heat H2552 (8804): but how can one H259 be warm H3179 (8799) [alone]?
[12] And if one H259 prevail H8630 (8799) against him, two H8147 shall withstand H5975 (8799) him; and a threefold H8027 (8794) cord H2339 is not quickly H4120 broken H5423 (8735).
[13] Better H2896 [is] a poor H4542 and a wise H2450 child H3206 than an old H2205 and foolish H3684 king H4428, who will H3045 (8804) no more be admonished H2094 (8736).
[14] For out of prison H631 (8803) H1004 he cometh H3318 (8804) to reign H4427 (8800); whereas also [he that is] born H3205 (8738) in his kingdom H4438 becometh poor H7326 (8802).
[15] I considered H7200 (8804) all the living H2416 which walk H1980 (8764) under the sun H8121, with the second H8145 child H3206 that shall stand up H5975 (8799) in his stead.
[16] [There is] no end H7093 of all the people H5971, [even] of all that have been before H6440 them: they also that come after H314 shall not rejoice H8055 (8799) in him. Surely this also [is] vanity H1892 and vexation H7475 of spirit H7307.

Young’s Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 4 (YLT)

[1] And I have turned, and I see all the oppressions that are done under the sun, and lo, the tear of the oppressed, and they have no comforter; and at the hand of their oppressors is power, and they have no comforter.
[2] And I am praising the dead who have already died above the living who are yet alive.
[3] And better than both of them is he who hath not yet been, in that he hath not seen the evil work that hath been done under the sun.
[4] And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this is vanity and vexation of spirit.
[5] The fool is clasping his hands, and eating his own flesh:
[6] ‘Better is a handful with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.’
[7] And I have turned, and I see a vain thing under the sun:
[8] There is one, and there is not a second; even son or brother he hath not, and there is no end to all his labour! His eye also is not satisfied with riches, and he saith not, ‘For whom am I labouring and bereaving my soul of good?’ This also is vanity, it is a sad travail.
[9] The two are better than the one, in that they have a good reward by their labour.
[10] For if they fall, the one raiseth up his companion, but woe to the one who falleth and there is not a second to raise him up!
[11] Also, if two lie down, then they have heat, but how hath one heat?
[12] And if the one strengthen himself, the two stand against him; and the threefold cord is not hastily broken.
[13] Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who hath not known to be warned any more.
[14] For from a house of prisoners he hath come out to reign, for even in his own kingdom he hath been poor.
[15] I have seen all the living, who are walking under the sun, with the second youth who doth stand in his place;
[16] there is no end to all the people, to all who were before them; also, the latter rejoice not in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.