1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of [such as were] oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors [there was] power; but they had no comforter.
2 Wherefore I praised the dead who are already dead more than the living who are yet alive.
3 Yea, better [is he] than both they, who hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
4 Again, I considered all labour, and every right work, that for this a man is envied by his neighbour. This [is] also vanity and vexation of spirit.
5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
6 Better is an handfull with quietnesse, then two handfuls with labour and vexation of spirit.
7 Againe I returned, and sawe vanitie vnder the sunne.
8 There is one alone, & there is not a second, which hath neither sonne nor brother, yet is there none end of all his trauaile, neither can his eye be satisfied with riches: neither doeth he thinke, For whome doe I trauaile and defraude my soule of pleasure? this also is vanitie, and this is an euill trauaile.
9 Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fal, the one wil lift vp his felow: but wo vnto him that is alone: for he falleth, and there is not a second to lift him vp.
11 Also if two sleepe together, then shall they haue heate: but to one how should there be heate?
12 And if one prevaileth against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
13 Better is a poore and wise childe, then an olde and foolish King, which will no more be admonished.
14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; though also [he that is] born in his kingdom becometh poor.
15 I considered all the living who walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.
16 [There is] no end of all the people, [even] of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also [is] vanity and vexation of spirit.