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 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.


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.


Young's Literal Translation
And if the one strengthen himself, the two stand against him; and the threefold cord is not hastily broken.
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Context
The Evils of Oppression

1So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. 2Why I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 3Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 4Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbor. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit. 5The fool folds his hands together, and eats his own flesh. 6Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit. 7Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. 8There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither said he, For whom do I labor, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yes, it is a sore travail. 9Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. 10For 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. 11Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 12And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 4:11
Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?


Ecclesiastes 4:13
Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.


Ecclesiastes 4:11
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