Labor is Beneficial When Its Rewards Are Shared
4:9 Two people are better than one,
because they can reap 1 more benefit 2 from their labor.
4:10 For if they fall, one will help his companion up,
but pity 3 the person who falls down and has no one to help him up.
4:11 Furthermore, if two lie down together, they can keep each other warm,
but how can one person keep warm by himself?
4:12 Although an assailant may overpower 4 one person,
two can withstand him.
Moreover, a three-stranded cord is not quickly broken.
1 tn Heb “they have.”
2 tn Heb “a good reward.”
3 tn Heb “woe to him.”
4 tn The verbal root תקף means “to overpower; to prevail over” e.g., Job 14:20; 15:24; Eccl 4:12; 6:10 (HALOT 1786 s.v. תקף).