The Whole Bible Better a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more: The Preacher begins this section with a proverb, observing that it is better to be poor and wise (and young!) “For if a man act uprightly and properly in the world, he soon becomes the object of his neighbour’s envy and calumny too. “Compassion for the oppressed is common in the Old Testament.” (Eaton). Minor Prophets Ecclesiastes 4:4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of … Eccl. I saw the tears of the oppressed, and there was no one to comfort them.+ And their oppressors had the power, and there was no one to comfort them. Passwords should have at least 6 characters. There is one alone, without companion: Solomon thought of a man alone, without family or close friends. Nor is his eye satisfied with riches. For further study: Living Life Backwards by David Gibson This book is an excellent supplemental guide through Ecclesiastes.