Ecclesiastes 4 – NIV & NASV

New International Version 2011

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness

1Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun:

I saw the tears of the oppressed—

and they have no comforter;

power was on the side of their oppressors—

and they have no comforter.

2And I declared that the dead,

who had already died,

are happier than the living,

who are still alive.

3But better than both

is the one who has never been born,

who has not seen the evil

that is done under the sun.

4And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

5Fools fold their hands

and ruin themselves.

6Better one handful with tranquillity

than two handfuls with toil

and chasing after the wind.

7Again I saw something meaningless under the sun:

8There was a man all alone;

he had neither son nor brother.

There was no end to his toil,

yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.

“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,

“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”

This too is meaningless—

a miserable business!

9Two are better than one,

because they have a good return for their labor:

10If either of them falls down,

one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls

and has no one to help them up.

11Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

12Though one may be overpowered,

two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Advancement Is Meaningless

13Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning. 14The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom. 15I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor. 16There was no end to all the people who were before them. But those who came later were not pleased with the successor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

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 እንደ ሆኑ 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 ቍጥር ስፍር አልነበረውም፤ ከእርሱ በኋላ የመጡት ግን በተተኪው አልተደሰቱም። ይህም ደግሞ ከንቱ፣ ነፋስንም እንደ መከተል ነው።