Ecclesiastes 4 ©
1 The vanity of human life increased by oppression; 4 and by envy. 5 The absurdity of idleness. 6 The good of contentment. 7 The folly and misery of covetousness. 9 The advantages of society. 13 The throne of kings is not exempt from vanity and vexation.
SO aI returned, and considered all the boppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the 1side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
Wherefore cI praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.
¶Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: iyet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, jFor whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a *sore *travail.
lFor if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his *stead.