Ecclesiastes 4:9
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New International Version
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

King James Bible
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

Darby Bible Translation
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

World English Bible
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.

Young's Literal Translation
The two are better than the one, in that they have a good reward by their labour.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Two are better than one - Married life is infinitely to be preferred to this kind of life, for the very reasons alleged below, and which require no explanation.

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Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Exodus 4:14-16 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well...

Numbers 11:14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Haggai 1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech...

Mark 6:7 And he called to him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;

Acts 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said...

Acts 15:39,40 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark...

1 Corinthians 12:18-21 But now has God set the members every one of them in the body, as it has pleased him...

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Ruth 2:12 The LORD recompense your work, and a full reward be given you of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you are come to trust.

John 4:36 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.

2 John 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked, but that we receive a full reward.

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The 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
The tenderness of the bond which united Jewish parents to their children appears even in the multiplicity and pictorialness of the expressions by which the various stages of child-life are designated in the Hebrew. Besides such general words as "ben" and "bath"--"son" and "daughter"--we find no fewer than nine different terms, each depicting a fresh stage of life. The first of these simply designates the babe as the newly--"born"--the "jeled," or, in the feminine, "jaldah"--as in Exodus 2:3, 6, 8.
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 4:8
There 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!

Ecclesiastes 4:10
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

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