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Ecclesiastes 4 :: New English Translation (NET)

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So I again considered all the oppression that continually occurs on earth. This is what I saw: The oppressed were in tears, but no one was comforting them; no one delivers them from the power of their oppressors.

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So I considered those who are dead and gone more fortunate than those who are still alive.

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But better than both is the one who has not been born and has not seen the evil things that are done on earth.

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Then I considered all the skillful work that is done: Surely it is nothing more than competition between one person and another. This also is profitless - like chasing the wind.

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The fool folds his hands and does no work, so he has nothing to eat but his own flesh.

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Better is one handful with some rest than two hands full of toil and chasing the wind.

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A man who is all alone with no companion, he has no children nor siblings; yet there is no end to all his toil, and he is never satisfied with riches. He laments, "For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?" This also is futile and a burdensome task!

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There is no end to all the people nor to the past generations, yet future generations will not rejoice in him. This also is profitless and like chasing the wind.
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