1Then I turned 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. On the side of their oppressors there was power. And they had no comforter!
2Therefore I praised the dead who had already died more than the living who are still alive.
3And better off than them both is the one who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil things that are done under the sun.
4Then I saw that all labor and skillful work is the rivalry of one person with another. This also is pointless and herding the wind.
5The fool folds his hands together and eats his own flesh.
6Better is a handful of rest, than two fists full of labor and herding the wind.
7Then I turned and saw another pointless thing under the sun.
8There is one person who has no other, either son or brother. Yet there is no end to all of his labor, nor are his eyes satisfied with wealth. “For whom then, do I labor, and deprive my soul of pleasure?” This also is pointless and a miserable business.
9Two are better than one, because they have a good wage for their labor.
10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and does not have another to lift him up!
11Also, if two lie together, then they keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?
12And if a man can overpower the one, two can withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
13Better is a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knows to regard advice.
14For out of prison he came to be king even though he was born poor in his kingdom.
15I saw all the living who are walking about under the sun, that they were with the next youth, who replaced him.
16There was no end to all the people, even to all those whom he was over, yet those who come later will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is pointless and herding the wind.