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።

New International Reader’s Version

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

Suffering, Hard Work and No Friends

1I looked and saw how much people were suffering on this earth.

I saw the tears of those who are suffering.

They don’t have anyone to comfort them.

Power is on the side of those who treat them badly.

Those who are suffering don’t have anyone to comfort them.

2Then I announced that those

who have already died

are happier than those

who are still alive.

3But someone who hasn’t been born yet

is better off than the dead or the living.

That’s because that person hasn’t seen the evil things

that are done on earth.

4I also saw that a person works hard and accomplishes a lot. But they do it only because they want what another person has. That doesn’t have any meaning either. It’s like chasing the wind.

5Foolish people fold their hands and don’t work.

And that destroys them.

6One handful with peace and quiet

is better than two handfuls with hard work.

Working too hard is like chasing the wind.

7Again I saw something on earth that didn’t mean anything.

8A man lived all by himself.

He didn’t have any sons or brothers.

His hard work never ended.

But he wasn’t happy with what he had.

“Who am I working so hard for?” he asked.

“Why don’t I get the things I enjoy?”

That doesn’t have any meaning either.

In fact, it’s a very bad deal!

9Two people are better than one.

They can help each other in everything they do.

10Suppose either of them falls down.

Then the one can help the other one up.

But suppose a person falls down and doesn’t have anyone to help them up.

Then feel sorry for that person!

11Or suppose two people lie down together.

Then they’ll keep warm.

But how can one person keep warm alone?

12One person could be overpowered.

But two people can stand up for themselves.

And a rope made out of three cords isn’t easily broken.

Getting Ahead Is Meaningless

13A poor but wise young man is better off than an old but foolish king. That king doesn’t pay attention to a warning anymore. 14The young man might have come from prison to become king. Or he might have been born poor within the kingdom but still became king. 15I saw that everyone was following the young man who had become the new king. 16At first, all the people served him when he became king. But those who came later weren’t pleased with the way he was ruling. That doesn’t have any meaning either. It’s like chasing the wind.