“it has more rest than the other man.” The next verse, Ecclesiastes 6:6, explains why. Both the stillborn child and the miserable man eventually end up in the grave where there is no life; no knowledge or wisdom (Ecc. 9:10), but the stillborn child had rest in the grave its whole existence, while the miserable man had no rest during all the years he was alive. Which is better, to be stillborn and never know misery and suffering, or to live many years and be miserable through all of them? Although this verse seems dismal, it, and its context, is actually quite an encouragement for people to do what it takes to enjoy life: change your attitude, look for the good in things, be satisfied with what you have rather than let your desires wander the earth seeking to be fulfilled (Ecc. 6:9), and have a strong relationship with God (Ecc. 2:24-26). [For more on dead people being actually dead and not alive in any form, see Appendix 4, “The Dead are Dead”].