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

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.

English Standard Version
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

New American Standard Bible
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

King James Bible
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken.

International Standard Version
If someone attacks one of them, the two of them together will resist. Furthermore, the tri-braided cord is not soon broken.

NET Bible
Although an assailant may overpower one person, two can withstand him. Moreover, a three-stranded cord is not quickly broken.

New Heart English Bible
If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Though one person may be overpowered by another, two people can resist one opponent. A triple-braided rope is not easily broken.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

New American Standard 1977
And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And if one prevails against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

King James 2000 Bible
And if one prevails against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

American King James Version
And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

American Standard Version
And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if a man prevail against one, two shall withstand him: a threefold cord is not easily broken.

Darby Bible Translation
And if a [man] overpower the one, the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

English Revised Version
And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if one prevaileth against him, two shall withstand him; and a three-fold 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.
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
The Evils of Oppression
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. 13A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 4:11
Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone?

Ecclesiastes 4:13
A poor yet wise lad is better than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive instruction.
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