New Amharic Standard Version

መክብብ 4:1-16

ግፍ፣ ጥረት፣ ብቸኝነት

1እንደ ገና ከፀሓይ በታች የሚደረገውን ግፍ ሁሉ አየሁ፤ አስተዋልሁም፤

የተገፉትን ሰዎች እንባ ተመለከትሁ፤

የሚያጽናናቸውም አልነበረም፤

ኀይል በሚገፏቸው ሰዎች እጅ ነበረ፤

የሚያጽናናቸውም አልነበረም።

2እኔም የቀድሞ ሙታን፣

ዛሬ በሕይወት ካሉት ሕያዋን ይልቅ፣

ደስተኞች እንደሆኑ ተናገርሁ።

3ነገር ግን ከሁለቱም ይልቅ፣

ገና ያልተወለደው፣

ከፀሓይ በታች የሚደረገውንም፣

ክፋት ያላየው ይሻላል።

4እንዲሁም ጥረትና የሥራ መከናወን ሁሉ ሰው በባልንጀራው ላይ ካለው ቅናት እንደሚመነጭ ተመለከትሁ፤ ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነው።

5ሰነፍ እጁን አጣጥፎ ይቀመጣል፤

የገዛ ራሱንም ሥጋ ይበላል።

6በድካምና ነፋስን በመከተል ከሚገኝ ሁለት ዕፍኝ ይልቅ፣

በርጋታ የሚገኝ አንድ ዕፍኝ ይሻላል።

7ደግሞም ከፀሓይ በታች ከንቱ የሆነን ነገር አየሁ፤

8ልጅም ሆነ ወንድም የሌለው፣

ብቸኛ ሰው አለ፤

ጥረቱ ማለቂያ የለውም፤ ዐይኑም ባለው ሀብት ገና አልረካም፤

እርሱም፣ “ለማን ብዬ ነው የምደክመው?

ራሴን ከማስደሰትስ የምቈጠበው

ለምንድን ነው?” ብሎ ጠየቀ፤

ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ፣ የጭንቅ ኑሮ ነው።

9ለሥራቸው መልካም ውጤት ስለሚያገኙ፣

ከአንድ፣ ሁለት መሆን ይሻላል፤

10አንዱ ቢወድቅ፣

ባልንጀራው ደግፎ ያነሣዋል።

ቢወድቅ የሚያነሣው ረዳት የሌለው ግን፣

እንዴት አሳዛኝ ነው!

11ደግሞም ሁለቱ አብረው ቢተኙ ይሞቃቸዋል፤

ነገር ግን አንዱ ብቻውን እንዴት ሊሞቀው ይችላል?

12አንድ ሰው ብቸኛውን ቢያጠቃውም፣

ሁለት ከሆኑ ይመክቱታል፤

በሦስት የተገመደ ገመድም ቶሎ አይበጠስም።

በልጦ መገኘት ከንቱ ነው

13ምክርን መቀበል ከማያውቅ ሞኝና ሽማግሌ ንጉሥ ይልቅ ጠቢብ የሆነ ድኻ ወጣት ይሻላል። 14ወጣቱ ከእስር ቤት ወደ ንጉሥነት የመጣ ወይም በግዛቱ ውስጥ በድኽነት የተወለደ ሊሆን ይችላል። 15ከፀሓይ በታች የሚኖሩና የሚመላለሱ ሁሉ፣ ንጉሡን የሚተካውን ወጣት ተከትለውት አየሁ። 16በፊቱ የነበረው ሕዝብ ሁሉ ቊጥር ስፍር አልነበረውም፤ ከእርሱ በኋላ የመጡት ግን በተተኪው አልተደሰቱም። ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነው።

King James Version

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

1So 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.4.1 side: Heb. hand 2Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 3Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

4¶ Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.4.4 every…: Heb. all the rightness of work4.4 for this…: Heb. this is the envy of a man from his neighbour 5The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh. 6Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

7¶ Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. 8There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

9¶ Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 10For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. 11Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

13¶ Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.4.13 who…: Heb. who knoweth not to be admonished 14For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor. 15I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead. 16There 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.