Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

Like Job, Ecclesiastes has many poems in it.  I have sevral versions of the Bible, one does not write them as below, in a poetic form.  Find a version which does if yours dos not, I think the enjoyment of reading will be greatly increased

Ecclesiastes 4:1-12 (ESV)

Again I looked and saw all the oppression 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.

And I declared that the dead,

    who had already died,

are happier than the living,

    who are still alive.

But better than both

    is the one who has never been born,

who has not seen the evil

    that is done under the sun.

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.

Fools fold their hands

    and ruin themselves.

Better one handful with tranquillity

    than two handfuls with toil

    and chasing after the wind.

Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

There was a man all alone;

    he had neither son nor brother.

There was no end to his toil,

    yet his eyes were not content 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!

Two are better than one,

    because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,

    one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

    and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

    But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,

    two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.


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