New Living Translation
But then everyone rushes to the side of yet another youth who replaces him.
King James Bible
I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.
Darby Bible Translation
I saw all the living that walk under the sun, with the child, the second, that should stand up in his stead.
World English Bible
I saw all the living who walk under the sun, that they were with the youth, the other, who succeeded him.
Young's Literal Translation
I have seen all the living, who are walking under the sun, with the second youth who doth stand in his place;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:15 I considered - The general disposition of common people, in all kingdoms, that they are fickle and inconstant. With the second child - This may be understood of the king's child, or son and heir, called second, in respect of his father, whose successor he is. Stand up - Arise to reign.
It is not surprising that the book of Ecclesiastes had a struggle to maintain its place in the canon, and it was probably only its reputed Solomonic authorship and the last two verses of the book that permanently secured its position at the synod of Jamnia in 90 A.D. The Jewish scholars of the first century A.D. were struck by the manner in which it contradicted itself: e.g., "I praised the dead more than the living," iv. 2, "A living dog is better than a dead lion," ix. 4; but they were still more …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Such a youth could rise from poverty and succeed. He might even become king, though he has been in prison.
Endless crowds stand around him, but then another generation grows up and rejects him, too. So it is all meaningless--like chasing the wind.
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