Ecclesiastes 4:13
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English Standard Version
Better was a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice.

King James Bible
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

American Standard Version
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Better is a child that is poor and wise, than a king that is old and foolish, who knoweth not to foresee for hereafter.

English Revised Version
Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king, who knoweth not how to receive admonition any more.

Webster's Bible Translation
Better is a poor and a wise child, than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"There is one without a second, also son and brother he has not; and there is no end of his labour; his eyes nevertheless are not satisfied with riches: For whom do I labour, then, and deny all good to my soul? Also this is vain, and it is a sore trouble." That ואין, as in Psalm 104:25; Psalm 105:34, has the meaning of בּאין, absque, Nolde has already observed in his Partik.-Concordanz: a solitarius, without one standing by his side, a second standing near him, i.e., without wife and without friend; also, as the words following show, without son and brother. Regarding ואח, for which, with the connect. accus., ואח might be expected (cf. also Ecclesiastes 2:7, וצאן with Mahpach; and, on the other hand, Ecclesiastes 2:23, וכעס with Pashta), vid., under Psalm 55:10. Gam may be interpreted in the sense of "also" as well as of "nevertheless" (Ewald, 354a); the latter is to be preferred, since the endless labour includes in itself a restless striving after an increase of possession. The Kerî<, in an awkward way, changes עיניו into עינו; the taking together the two eyes as one would here be unnatural, since the avaricious man devours gold, silver, and precious things really with both his eyes, and yet, however great be his wealth, still more does he wish to see in his possession; the sing. of the pred. is as at 1 Samuel 4:15; Micah 4:11.

With ulmi ani, Koheleth puts himself in the place of such a friendless, childless man; yet this change of the description into a self-confession may be occasioned by this, that the author in his old age was really thus isolated, and stood alone. Regarding חסּר with the accus. of the person, to whom, and min of the matter, in respect of which there is want, vid., under Psalm 8:6. That the author stands in sympathy with the sorrowful condition here exposed, may also be remarked from the fact that he now proceeds to show the value of companionship and the miseries of isolation:

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is a poor

Ecclesiastes 9:15,16 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man...

Genesis 37:2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers...

Proverbs 19:1 Better is the poor that walks in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.

Proverbs 28:6,15,16 Better is the poor that walks in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich...

will no more be

1 Kings 22:8 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD...

2 Chronicles 16:9,10 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth...

2 Chronicles 24:20-22 And the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said to them, Thus said God...

2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, Are you made of the king's counsel? forbear...

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 4:12
And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him--a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 7:19
Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city.

Ecclesiastes 9:15
But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man.

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