New Living Translation
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.
King James Bible
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Darby Bible Translation
And if a man overpower the one, the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
World English Bible
If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Young's Literal Translation
And if the one strengthen himself, the two stand against him; and the threefold cord is not hastily broken.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:12 Prevail - Against either of them.
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
Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?
It is better to be a poor but wise youth than an old and foolish king who refuses all advice.
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