Work together (Eccl 4:9-4:12)

“Two are better than one.

They will have a good reward

For their toil.

If they fall,

One will lift up the other.

But woe to one

Who is alone

When he falls!

He does not have another

To help lift him up.


If two lie together,

They keep warm.

But how can one keep warm alone?

Although one might prevail against another,

Two will withstand one.

A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Qoheleth believed that that it was better to work with someone else rather than to work alone. In case you fell down, there would be someone else there to pick you up when you were working together. Also, you would keep warm if you have someone else beside you when you lay down to sleep. If you are attacked, someone will also help you. Even better would be a third person since it is not easy to fight against three people or a threefold cord.

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