Ecclasticies – Opression, Toil, Friendlesness

Do not toil and work to achieve something out of envy. Two hands are better than one. Many hands make light work.

4:1

And again I saw all the cruel things which are done under the sun; there was the weeping of those who have evil done to them, and they had no comforter: and from the hands of the evil-doers there went out power, but they had no comforter.

4:2

So my praise was for the dead who have gone to their death, more than for the living who still have life.

4:3

Yes, happier than the dead or the living seemed he who has not ever been, who has not seen the evil which is done under the sun.

4:4

And I saw that the cause of all the work and of everything which is done well was man’s envy of his neighbour. This again is to no purpose and a desire for wind.

4:5

The foolish man, folding his hands, takes the flesh of his body for food.

4:6

One hand full of rest is better than two hands full of trouble and desire for wind.

4:7

Then I came back, and I saw an example of what is to no purpose under the sun.

4:8

It is one who is by himself, without a second, and without son or brother; but there is no end to all his work, and he has never enough of wealth. For whom, then, am I working and keeping myself from pleasure? This again is to no purpose, and a bitter work.

4:9

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their work.

4:10

And if one has a fall, the other will give him a hand; but unhappy is the man who is by himself, because he has no helper.

4:11

So again, if two are sleeping together they are warm, but how may one be warm by himself?

4:12

And two attacked by one would be safe, and three cords twisted together are not quickly broken.