Yes, better is he than both they, which has not yet been, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
Treasury of Scripture
Ecclesiastes 6:3-5 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good...
Job 3:10-16 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother's womb, nor hid sorrow from my eyes...
Job 10:18,19 Why then have you brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me!...
Jeremiah 20:17,18 Because he slew me not from the womb; or that my mother might have been my grave, and her womb to be always great with me...
Matthew 24:19 And woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
Luke 23:29 For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore...
Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Ecclesiastes 2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is worked under the sun is grievous to me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Psalm 55:6-11 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest...
Jeremiah 9:2,3 Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging place of wayfaring men; that I might leave my people...
ContextThe 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.
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
yea, better than them both did I esteem him that hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
And I judged him happier than them both, that is not yet born, nor hath seen the evils that are done under the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
and more fortunate than both is he who hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
King James Bible
Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
And better than both of them is he who hath not yet been, in that he hath not seen the evil work that hath been done under the sun.