Ecclesiastes 4:11
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New International Version
Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?

New Living Translation
Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?

English Standard Version
Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?

New American Standard Bible
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep 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?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm?

International Standard Version
Again, if two lie close together, they will keep warm, but how can only one stay warm?

NET Bible
Furthermore, if two lie down together, they can keep each other warm, but how can one person keep warm by himself?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Again, if two people lie down together, they can keep warm, but how can one person keep warm?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Again, if two sleep together, then they have heat, but how can one be warm alone?

King James 2000 Bible
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

American King James Version
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

American Standard Version
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one be warm alone ?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if two lie together, they shall warm one another: how shall one alone be warmed?

Darby Bible Translation
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one alone be warm?

English Revised Version
Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth: but how can one be warm alone?

Webster's Bible Translation
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

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?
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:9-12 Surely he has more satisfaction in life, who labours hard to maintain those he loves, than the miser has in his toil. In all things union tends to success and safety, but above all, the union of Christians. They assist each other by encouragement, or friendly reproof. They warm each other's hearts while they converse together of the love of Christ, or join in singing his praises. Then let us improve our opportunities of Christian fellowship. In these things all is not vanity, though there will be some alloy as long as we are under the sun. Where two are closely joined in holy love and fellowship, Christ will by his Spirit come to them; then there is a threefold cord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - The first example of the advantage of companionship spoke of the aid and support that are thus given; the present verse tells of the comfort thus brought. If two lie together, then they have heat. The winter nights in Palestine are comparatively cold, and when, as in the case of the poorer inhabitants, the outer garment worn by day was used as the only blanket during sleep (Exodus 22:26, 27), it was a comfort to have the additional warmth of a friend lying under the same coverlet. Solomon could have had no such experience.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Again, if two lie together, then they have heat,.... The Targum adds, in the winter; when it is a cold season, they warm one another by lying together. The Targum interprets it of a man and his wife; it is true of others; see 1 Kings 1:1;

but how can one be warm alone? not soon, nor easily, in time of cold weather. This is true in a spiritual sense of persons in a Christian communion and religious society; when they are grown cold in their love, lukewarm in their affections, and backward and indifferent to spiritual exercises, yet by Christian conversation may be stirred up to love and good works: so two cold flints struck against each other, fire comes out of them; and even two cold Christians, when they come to talk with each other about spiritual things, and feel one another's spirits, they presently glow in their affections to each other, and to divine things; and especially if Christ joins them with his presence, as he did the two disciples going to Emmaus, then their hearts burn within them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. (See on [659]1Ki 1:1). The image is taken from man and wife, but applies universally to the warm sympathy derived from social ties. So Christian ties (Lu 24:32; Ac 28:15).

Ecclesiastes 4:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Evils of Oppression
10For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. 11Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? 12And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Cross References
1 Kings 1:1
When King David was very old, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him.

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.

Ecclesiastes 4:12
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Treasury of Scripture

Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

1 Kings 1:1,2 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him …

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