Ecclesiastes 4:1
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New International Version
Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed-- and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors-- and they have no comforter.

New Living Translation
Again, I observed all the oppression that takes place under the sun. I saw the tears of the oppressed, with no one to comfort them. The oppressors have great power, and their victims are helpless.

English Standard Version
Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.

New American Standard Bible
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

King James Bible
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Again, I observed all the acts of oppression being done under the sun. Look at the tears of those who are oppressed; they have no one to comfort them. Power is with those who oppress them; they have no one to comfort them.

International Standard Version
Next I turned to consider all kinds of oppression that exists on earth. Look at the tears of the oppressed— there is no one to comfort them. Power is on the side of their oppressors; so they have no comforters.

NET Bible
So I again considered all the oppression that continually occurs on earth. This is what I saw: The oppressed were in tears, but no one was comforting them; no one delivers them from the power of their oppressors.

New Heart English Bible
Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Next, I turned to look at all the acts of oppression that make people suffer under the sun. Look at the tears of those who suffer! No one can comfort them. Their oppressors have [all] the power. No one can comfort those who suffer.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun; and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter.

New American Standard 1977
Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
So I returned and considered all the violence that is done under the sun and behold the tears of such as are oppressed, and they have no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but the oppressed had no comforter.

King James 2000 Bible
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

American King James Version
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

American Standard Version
Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and, behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I turned myself to other things, and I saw the oppressions that are done under the sun, and the tears of the innocent, and they had no comforter; and they were not able to resist their violence, being destitute of help from any.

Darby Bible Translation
And I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors was power, and they had no comforter.

English Revised Version
Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter.

Webster's Bible Translation
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

World English Bible
Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

Young's Literal Translation
And I have turned, and I see all the oppressions that are done under the sun, and lo, the tear of the oppressed, and they have no comforter; and at the hand of their oppressors is power, and they have no comforter.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-3 It grieved Solomon to see might prevail against right. Wherever we turn, we see melancholy proofs of the wickedness and misery of mankind, who try to create trouble to themselves and to each other. Being thus hardly used, men are tempted to hate and despise life. But a good man, though badly off while in this world, cannot have cause to wish he had never been born, since he is glorifying the Lord, even in the fires, and will be happy at last, for ever happy. Ungodly men have most cause to wish the continuance of life with all its vexations, as a far more miserable condition awaits them if they die in their sins. If human and worldly things were our chief good, not to exist would be preferable to life, considering the various oppressions here below.
Study Bible
The Evils of Oppression
1Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them. 2So I congratulated the dead who are already dead more than the living who are still living.…
Cross References
Job 35:9
"Because of the multitude of oppressions they cry out; They cry for help because of the arm of the mighty.

Psalm 12:5
"Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, Now I will arise," says the LORD; "I will set him in the safety for which he longs."

Ecclesiastes 3:16
Furthermore, I have seen under the sun that in the place of justice there is wickedness and in the place of righteousness there is wickedness.

Ecclesiastes 5:8
If you see oppression of the poor and denial of justice and righteousness in the province, do not be shocked at the sight; for one official watches over another official, and there are higher officials over them.

Ecclesiastes 7:7
For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.

Ecclesiastes 8:9
All this I have seen and applied my mind to every deed that has been done under the sun wherein a man has exercised authority over another man to his hurt.

Isaiah 5:7
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightful plant. Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

Jeremiah 16:7
"Men will not break bread in mourning for them, to comfort anyone for the dead, nor give them a cup of consolation to drink for anyone's father or mother.

Lamentations 1:9
Her uncleanness was in her skirts; She did not consider her future. Therefore she has fallen astonishingly; She has no comforter. "See, O LORD, my affliction, For the enemy has magnified himself!"

Lamentations 1:16
"For these things I weep; My eyes run down with water; Because far from me is a comforter, One who restores my soul. My children are desolate Because the enemy has prevailed."
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So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

i returned

Job 6:29 Return, I pray you, let it not be iniquity; yes, return again, my …

Malachi 3:18 Then shall you return, and discern between the righteous and the …

and considered

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness …

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Ecclesiastes 7:7 Surely oppression makes a wise man mad; and a gift destroys the heart.

Exodus 1:13,14,16,22 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigor…

Exodus 2:23,24 And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: …

Exodus 5:16-19 There is no straw given to your servants, and they say to us, Make …

Deuteronomy 28:33,48 The fruit of your land, and all your labors, shall a nation which …

Judges 4:3 And the children of Israel cried to the LORD: for he had nine hundred …

Judges 10:7,8 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them …

Nehemiah 5:1-5 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against …

Job 24:7-12 They cause the naked to lodge without clothing, that they have no …

Psalm 10:9,10 He lies in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lies in wait to …

Proverbs 28:3,15,16 A poor man that oppresses the poor is like a sweeping rain which …

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and …

Isaiah 51:23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict you; which have …

Isaiah 59:7,13-15 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

the tears

Psalm 42:3,9 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually …

Psalm 80:5 You feed them with the bread of tears; and give them tears to drink …

Psalm 102:8,9 My enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against …

Malachi 2:13 And this have you done again, covering the altar of the LORD with …

James 5:4 Behold, the hire of the laborers who have reaped down your fields, …

they had

Job 16:4 I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, …

Job 19:21,22 Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends; for the hand …

Psalm 69:20 Reproach has broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked …

Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that …

Proverbs 19:7 All the brothers of the poor do hate him: how much more do his friends …

Lamentations 1:2,9 She weeps sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among …

Matthew 25:26 His lord answered and said to him, You wicked and slothful servant, …

2 Timothy 4:16,17 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: …

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