Ecclesiastes 4:10
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.

English Standard Version
For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!

Berean Study Bible
For if one falls down, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to help him up!

New American Standard Bible
For 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.

King James Bible
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

Christian Standard Bible
For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.

Contemporary English Version
If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.

Good News Translation
If one of them falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, it's just too bad, because there is no one to help him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For if either falls, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up.

International Standard Version
If they stumble, the first will lift up his friend—but woe to anyone who is alone when he falls and there is no one to help him get up.

NET Bible
For if they fall, one will help his companion up, but pity the person who falls down and has no one to help him up.

New Heart English Bible
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn't have another to lift him up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If one falls, the other can help his friend get up. But how tragic it is for the one who is [all] alone when he falls. There is no one to help him get up.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up.

New American Standard 1977
For 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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falls, for he has not another to help him up.

King James 2000 Bible
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up.

American King James Version
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up.

American Standard Version
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls, and there is not a second to lift him up.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If one fall he shall be supported by the other: woe to him that is alone, for when he falleth, he hath none to lift him up.

Darby Bible Translation
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and who hath not another to lift him up!

English Revised Version
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth, and hath not another to lift him up.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him to rise.

World English Bible
For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn't have another to lift him up.

Young's Literal Translation
For if they fall, the one raiseth up his companion, but woe to the one who falleth and there is not a second to raise him up!
Study Bible
The Evil of Oppression
9Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. 10For if one falls down, his companion can lift him up; but pity the one who falls without another to help him up! 11Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.

Ecclesiastes 4:11
Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one keep warm alone?

Treasury of Scripture

For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falls; for he has not another to help him up.

if

Exodus 32:2-4,21
And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me…

Deuteronomy 9:19,20
For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, wherewith the LORD was wroth against you to destroy you. But the LORD hearkened unto me at that time also…

1 Samuel 23:16
And Jonathan Saul's son arose, and went to David into the wood, and strengthened his hand in God.

but

Genesis 4:8
And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

2 Samuel 14:6
And thy handmaid had two sons, and they two strove together in the field, and there was none to part them, but the one smote the other, and slew him.







Lexicon
For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

if
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

one
הָאֶחָ֖ד (hā·’e·ḥāḏ)
Article | Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

falls down,
יִפֹּ֔לוּ (yip·pō·lū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

his companion
חֲבֵר֑וֹ (ḥă·ḇê·rōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2270: United, associate, companion

can lift him up;
יָקִ֣ים (yā·qîm)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

but pity
וְאִ֣יל֗וֹ (wə·’î·lōw)
Conjunctive waw, Pi | Interjection | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 337: Alas!

the one
הָֽאֶחָד֙ (hā·’e·ḥāḏ)
Article | Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 259: United, one, first

who falls
שֶׁיִּפּ֔וֹל (še·yip·pō·wl)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

without
וְאֵ֥ין (wə·’ên)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

another
שֵׁנִ֖י (šê·nî)
Number - ordinal masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8145: Second (an ordinal number)

to help him up!
לַהֲקִימֽוֹ׃ (la·hă·qî·mōw)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand
(10) Woe.--The word occurs only here and in Ecclesiastes 10:16, but is common in post-Biblical Hebrew.

Verse 10. - Koheleth illustrates the benefit of association by certain familiar examples. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow. If one or the other fall, the companion will aid him. The idea is that two travelers are making their way over a rough road - an experience that every one must have had in Palestine. Vulgate, Si unus ceciderit. Of course, if both fell at the same time, one could not help the other. Commentators quote Homer, 'Iliad,' 10:220-226, thus rendered by Lord Derby -

"Nestor, that heart is mine;
I dare alone Enter the hostile camp, so close at hand;
Yet were one comrade giv'n me, I should go
With more of comfort, more of confidence.
Where two combine, one before other sees
The better course; and ev'n though one alone
The readiest way discover, yet would be
His judgment slower, his decision less."
Woe to him that is alone. The same interjection of sorrow, אִי, occurs in Ecclesiastes 10:16, but elsewhere only in late Hebrew. The verse may be applied to moral falls as well as to stumbling at natural obstacles. Brother helps brother to resist temptation, while many have failed when tried by isolation who would have manfully withstood if they had had the countenance and support of others.

"Clear before us through the darkness
Gleams and burns the guiding light;
Brother clasps the hand of brother,
Stepping fearless through the night."
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.
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