New Living Translation
Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?
King James Bible
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?
Darby Bible Translation
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one alone be warm?
World English Bible
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone?
Young's Literal Translation
Also, if two lie down, then they have heat, but how hath one heat?
Ecclesiastes 4:11 Parallel
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It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
1 Kings 1:1
King David was now very old, and no matter how many blankets covered him, he could not keep warm.
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
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