Young's Literal Translation

Ecclesiastes 3

Ecclesiastes or, The Preacher

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 And I have turned, and I see all the oppressions that are done under the sun, and lo, the tear of the oppressed, and they have no comforter; and at the hand of their oppressors [is] power, and they have no comforter. 


 And I am praising the dead who have already died above the living who are yet alive. 


 And better than both of them [is] he who hath not yet been, in that he hath not seen the evil work that hath been done under the sun. 


 And I have seen all the labour, and all the benefit of the work, because for it a man is the envy of his neighbour. Even this [is] vanity and vexation of spirit. 


 The fool is clasping his hands, and eating his own flesh: 


 'Better [is] a handful [with] quietness, than two handfuls [with] labour and vexation of spirit.' 


 And I have turned, and I see a vain thing under the sun: 


 There is one, and there is not a second; even son or brother he hath not, and there is no end to all his labour! His eye also is not satisfied with riches, and [he saith not], 'For whom am I labouring and bereaving my soul of good?' This also is vanity, it is a sad travail. 


 The two [are] better than the one, in that they have a good reward by their labour. 


 For if they fall, the one raiseth up his companion, but wo to the one who falleth and there is not a second to raise him up! 


 Also, if two lie down, then they have heat, but how hath one heat? 


 And if the one strengthen himself, the two stand against him; and the threefold cord is not hastily broken. 


 Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who hath not known to be warned any more. 


 For from a house of prisoners he hath come out to reign, for even in his own kingdom he hath been poor. 


 I have seen all the living, who are walking under the sun, with the second youth who doth stand in his place; 


 there is no end to all the people, to all who were before them; also, the latter rejoice not in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit. 

Ecclesiastes 5




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