1 Then again, I contemplate all the oppression that is committed under the sun. Take for instance the tears of the oppressed. No one to comfort them! The power their oppressors wield. No one to comfort them!
Eccl 3:16 Eccl 5:8 Isa 5:7 Lam 1:2 Lam 1:9 Deut 28:48 Eccl 7:7
2 So, rather than the living who still have lives to live, I congratulate the dead who have already met death;
Eccl 2:17 Job 3:11-26 Eccl 9:4-6
3 happier than both of these are those who are yet unborn and have not seen the evil things that are done under the sun.
Luke 23:29 Eccl 1:14 Eccl 2:17 Eccl 6:3-5 Jer 9:2-3 Jer 20:17-18 Job 3:10-16
4 I see that all effort and all achievement spring from mutual jealousy. This too is futility and chasing after the wind.
Eccl 1:14 1John 3:12 Eccl 2:21 1Sam 18:8-9 1Sam 18:14-16 1Sam 18:29-30 Eccl 2:26
5 The fool folds his arms and eats his own flesh away.
Isa 9:20 Job 13:14 Prov 6:10-11 Prov 11:17 Prov 12:27 Prov 13:4 Prov 20:4
6 Better one hand full of repose than two hands full of achievements to chase after the wind.
Prov 16:8 Prov 15:16-17 Ps 37:16 Prov 17:1
7 And something else futile I observe under the sun:
Eccl 4:1 Ps 78:33 Zech 1:6
8 a person is quite alone -- no child, no brother; and yet there is no end to his efforts, his eyes can never have their fill of riches. For whom, then, do I work so hard and grudge myself pleasure? This too is futile, a sorry business.
Prov 27:20 1John 2:16 Eccl 1:8 Eccl 1:13 Eccl 4:9-12 Eccl 5:10 Gen 2:18
9 Better two than one alone, since thus their work is really rewarding.
Prov 27:17 Gen 2:18 1Cor 12:18-21 Num 11:14 Mark 6:7 John 4:36 Ruth 2:12
10 If one should fall, the other helps him up; but what of the person with no one to help him up when he falls?
1Thess 5:11 Isa 35:3-4 1Thess 4:18 Exod 32:2-4 Gal 6:1 Gen 4:8 2Sam 11:27
11 Again: if two sleep together they keep warm, but how can anyone keep warm alone?
12 Where one alone would be overcome, two will put up resistance; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Eph 4:3 Dan 3:16-17 2Sam 23:9 2Sam 23:18-19 2Sam 23:23 2Sam 23:16
13 Better a youngster poor and wise than a monarch old and silly who will no longer take advice-
2Chr 25:16 Eccl 9:15-16 Prov 19:1 1Kgs 22:8 2Chr 16:9-10 Gen 37:2 Prov 28:6
14 even though stepping from prison to the throne, even though born a beggar in that kingdom.
Gen 41:14 Job 5:11 Ps 113:7-8 1Kgs 14:26-27 2Kgs 23:31-34 2Kgs 24:1-2 2Kgs 24:6
15 I observe that all who live and move under the sun support the young newcomer who takes over.
16 He takes his place at the head of innumerable subjects; but his successors will not think the more kindly of him for that. This too is futile and chasing after the wind.
Eccl 1:14 1Kgs 1:5-7 1Kgs 1:40 1Kgs 12:10-16 2Sam 15:12-13 2Sam 18:7-8 2Sam 19:9
17 Watch your step when you go to the House of God: drawing near to listen is better than the offering of a sacrifice by fools, though they do not know that they are doing wrong.