Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 — 2 Are Better Than 1
In this digital age, it is really all about self, and that is something we should be aware of. It is easy to get lost in our smart phones, whether it is a video game, or watching a movie on our iPad. The technological era has made it very easy to get swallowed up in satisfying our own personal desires. Solomon puts that in check today though as he points out the weaknesses of a person who is in constant solitude:
Ecc 4:9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.
Ecc 4:10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.
Ecc 4:11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone?
Ecc 4:12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
So Solomon reminds us that groups of people can build one another up, there’s nothing more comforting that when we are going through dark times, and we have someone to lean on. Groups of people can help other succeed, survive, defend and even conquer. It also makes a great case for marriage where spouses can lean upon one another for strength and protection.