Chapter 4
001
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.
002
Therefore I praised the dead who have been long dead more than the living who are yet alive.
003
Yes, better than them both is her who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
004
Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a woman's neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
005
The fool folds her hands together and ruins herself.
006
Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labor and chasing after wind.
007
Then I returned and saw vanity under the sun.
008
There is one who is alone, and she has neither daughter nor sister. There is no end to all of her labor, neither are her 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.
009
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.
010
For if they fall, the one will lift up her fellow; but woe to her who is alone when she falls, and doesn't have another to lift her up.
011
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone?
012
If a woman prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand her; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
013
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish queen who doesn't know how to receive admonition any more.
014
For out of prison she came forth to be queen; yes, even in her kingdom she was born poor.
015
I saw all the living who walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the other, who succeeded her.
016
There was no end of all the people, even of all them over whom she was--yet those who come after shall not rejoice in her. Surely this also is vanity and a chasing after wind.