New International Version
But better than both is the one who has never been born, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun.
King James Bible
Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
and more fortunate than both is he who hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
World English Bible
Yes, better than them both is him who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
And better than both of them is he who hath not yet been, in that he hath not seen the evil work that hath been done under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 4:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Which hath not yet been - Better never to have been born into the world, than to have seen and suffered so many miseries.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Order of Thought which Surrounded the Development of Jesus.
As the cooled earth no longer permits us to understand the phenomena of primitive creation, because the fire which penetrated it is extinct, so deliberate explanations have always appeared somewhat insufficient when applying our timid methods of induction to the revolutions of the creative epochs which have decided the fate of humanity. Jesus lived at one of those times when the game of public life is freely played, and when the stake of human activity is increased a hundredfold. Every great part, …
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus
The Upbringing of Jewish Children
For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!'
"Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb?
So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
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