15 I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that[b] youth who was to stand in the king's[c] place. 6 (J)Better is a handful of (K)quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. 6 Even though he should live a thousand years twice over, yet enjoy2 no good—do not all go to the one place? This also is avanity1 and a striving after wind. I had also great possessions of fherds and flocks, more than any who had been before me in Jerusalem. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. 5 The fool bfolds his hands and ceats his own flesh. And what does the poor man have who knows how to conduct himself before the living? 3 Sorrow is better than laughter, k for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. ESV: English Standard Version 2016 . at which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 4:2 2 And I y thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. 17 I said in my heart, lGod will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is ma time for every matter and for every work. Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 ESV - Two are better than… | Biblia 19 And gwe have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention has to a lamp shining in a dark place, until ithe day jdawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, Listen to Ecclesiastes 4 using the ESV Bible online. 16 For of the wise as of the fool there is wno enduring remembrance, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 1 The words of the Preacher, a the son of David, king in Jerusalem.. 2 Vanity b of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! 5 I made myself dgardens and parks, and planted in them all kinds of fruit trees. 13 Better was (Q)a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how (R)to take advice. 8 zIf you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, ado not be amazed at the matter, bfor the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. All Is Vanity - The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Cancel. 4 When syou vow a vow to God, tdo not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Read more Share Copy ESV Journaling Bible, Interleaved Edition, Cloth over Board, Tan, ESV Study Bible--genuine cowhide leather, deep brown, The Jesus Bible, ESV Edition--soft leather-look, multi-color/teal, Proverbs, ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal. 11 He has amade everything beautiful in its time. Read verse in English Standard Version This is vanity;1 it is a grievous evil. Ecclesiastes 4 NLT Parallel ESV [BSB CSB ESV HCS KJV ISV NAS NET NIV NLT HEB] New Living Translation: English Standard Version: 1 Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. Ecclesiastes 4:6 ESV. 24 fThere is nothing better for a person than that he should geat and drink and find enjoyment3 in his toil. This also is vanity. 6 d Better is a handful of e quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. Bible Language English. Compare Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man's envy of his neighbor. Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. This also is vanity and a great evil. 9 So I became great and lsurpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! 15 I saw all the living who move about under the sun, along with that2 youth who was to stand in the king’s3 place. d All is vanity. 10 And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. 5 The fool b folds his hands and c eats his own flesh. Even in the night his heart does not rest. 2 And I ythought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. I got jsingers, both men and women, and many kconcubines,2 the delight of the sons of man. 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. xHow the wise dies just like the fool! Ecclesiastes 4:4 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. Ecclesiastes 4:12English Standard Version (ESV) 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 16 Moreover, jI saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even kthere was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. 12 qSo I turned to consider rwisdom and madness and folly. This also is a vanity 1 and a striving after wind. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? God has done it, so that people fear before him. 16 There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. 15 dAs he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. 6 Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. 3 But (F)better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. And he is father of a son, but he has nothing in his hand. 6 I made myself pools from which to water the forest of growing trees. 16 This also is a grievous evil: just as he came, so shall he go, and what egain is there to him who ftoils for the wind? 2 c Vanity 2 of vanities, says a the Preacher, c vanity of vanities! 7 For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity;4 but5 yGod is the one you must fear. 12 For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few days of his evain4 life, which he passes like fa shadow? 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? ESV: English Standard Version 2016 . 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but g the earth remains forever. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem. 3 But zbetter than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. 9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 12 I perceived that there is cnothing better for them than to be joyful and to ddo good as long as they live; 20 All go to one place. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. 13 Then I saw that there is more gain in wisdom than in folly, as there is more gain in light than in darkness. 6 d Better is a handful of e quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind. 7 I bought male and female slaves, and had eslaves who were born in my house. For what can the man do who comes after the king? But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Surely this also is (T)vanity and a striving after wind. 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but g the earth remains forever. The fifth verse stands in a relation of contrast to this which follows: "Better is one hand full of quietness, than both fists full of labour and windy effort." 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. 1 The words of a the Preacher, 1 the son of David, b king in Jerusalem. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 18 Behold, what I have seen to be hgood and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment7 in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his ilot. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a … 13 also ethat everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is fGod’s gift to man. On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. 15 That which is, halready has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God iseeks what has been driven away.1. Mendelssohn and others interpret Ecclesiastes 4:5 as the objection of the industrious, and Ecclesiastes 4:6 as the reply of the slothful. 26 For to the one who pleases him iGod has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given ethe business of gathering and collecting, jonly to give to one who pleases God. 13 Better was ja poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how kto take advice. 4 u Again I v saw all w the oppressions that are done under the sun. 25 for apart from him4 who can eat or who can have enjoyment? kThis also is vanity and a striving after wind. 9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated fields.6. This also is a vanity 1 and a striving after wind. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. Ecclesiastes All Is Vanity. 5 The fool b folds his hands and c eats his own flesh. 20 For he will not much remember the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with joy in his heart. 3 e What f does man gain by all the toil. 10 Whatever has come to be has calready been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to ddispute with one stronger than he. 3 But better than both. On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. 8 I also gathered for myself silver and ggold and the treasure of hkings and iprovinces. 16 There was no end of all the people, all of whom he led. 8 For what advantage has the wise man zover the fool? 18 I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but nbeasts. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Ecclesiastes 4:12 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 3 I zsearched with my heart how to cheer my body with wine—my heart still guiding me with wisdom—and how to lay hold on afolly, till I might see what was good for the children of man to do under heaven during the few days of their life. English Standard Version(ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. English Standard Version (ESV) NIV KJV ESV NKJV. This also is a vanity and a striving after wind. 5 h The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and hastens 3 to the place where it rises. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless. uPay what you vow. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands? 2 1 Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. 10 I have seen ythe business that zGod has given to the children of man to be busy with. 8 one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his feyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, g“For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This also is vanity and an unhappy hbusiness. Subscribe to a study package to unlock the ESV Study Bible, the interactive Knowing the Bible study series, the Preaching the Word commentary series, and more. This also is vanity. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will j lay it to heart. 14 For he went lfrom prison to the throne, though in his own kingdom he had been born poor. Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Version. Bible Verses. 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, ibut how can one keep warm alone? And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had xno one to comfort them! who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. 4 Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. Ecclesiastes 4 - ESV: Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. 3 For everything there is a season, and la time for every matter under heaven: 2  a time to be born, and a time to mdie; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 5  a time to pcast away stones, and a time to qgather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to rrefrain from embracing; a time to keep, and a time to tcast away; a time to vkeep silence, and a time to speak; 9 What xgain has the worker from his toil? This also is # See ch. 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Why then have I been so very wise?” And I said in my heart that this also is vanity. This also is vanity[ a] and a striving after wind. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! 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