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Ecclesiastes 4:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And if a man prevail against him that is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three [strands] is not quickly torn apart.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And if one prevaileth against him, two shall withstand him; and a three-fold cord is not quickly broken.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And if a [man] overpower the one, the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And, though an enemy should prevail against one, two, might make a stand before him,—and, a threefold cord, cannot soon be broken.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And if the one strengthen himself, the two stand against him; and the threefold cord is not hastily broken.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And if a man prevail against one, two shall withstand him: a threefold cord is not easily broken.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And if one preuaile against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold coard is not quickly broken.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And if one should prevail against [him], the two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord shall not be quickly broken.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And if x518
(0518) Complement
אִם
'im
{eem}
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
one 259
{0259} Prime
אֶחָד
'echad
{ekh-awd'}
A numeral from H0258; properly united, that is, one; or (as an ordinal) first.
prevail y8630
[8630] Standard
תָּקַף
taqaph
{taw-kaf'}
A primitive root; to overpower.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
against x8630
(8630) Complement
תָּקַף
taqaph
{taw-kaf'}
A primitive root; to overpower.
him, two 8147
{8147} Prime
שְׁתַּיִם
sh@nayim
{shen-ah'-yim}
(The first form being dual of H8145; the second form being feminine); two; also (as ordinal) twofold.
shall withstand 5975
{5975} Prime
עָמַד
`amad
{aw-mad'}
A primitive root; to stand, in various relations (literally and figuratively, intransitively and transitively).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
x5048
(5048) Complement
נֶגֶד
neged
{neh'-ghed}
From H5046; a front, that is, part opposite; specifically a counterpart, or mate; usually (adverbially, especially with preposition) over against or before.
him; and a threefold 8027
{8027} Prime
שׁלשׁ
shalash
{shaw-lash'}
A primitive root perhaps originally to intensify, that is, treble; but apparently used only as denominative from H7969, to be (causatively make) triplicate (by restoration, in portions, strands, days or years).
z8794
<8794> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 194
cord 2339
{2339} Prime
חוּט
chuwt
{khoot}
From an unused root probably meaning to sew; a string; by implication a measuring tape.
is not x3808
(3808) Complement
לֹא
lo'
{lo}
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
quickly 4120
{4120} Prime
מְהֵרָה
m@herah
{meh-hay-raw'}
Feminine of H4118; properly a hurry; hence (adverbially) promptly.
broken. 5423
{5423} Prime
נָתַק
nathaq
{naw-thak'}
A primitive root; to tear off.
z8735
<8735> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 1602
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Ecclesiastes 4:12

_ _ one — enemy.

_ _ threefold cord — proverbial for a combination of many — for example, husband, wife, and children (Proverbs 11:14); so Christians (Luke 10:1; Colossians 2:2, Colossians 2:19). Untwist the cord, and the separate threads are easily “broken.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Ecclesiastes 4:7-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Ecclesiastes 4:12

Prevail — Against either of them.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Ecclesiastes 4:12

And if one prevaileth against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold (g) cord is not quickly broken.

(g) By this proverb he declares how necessary it is, that men should live in society.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
And if:
This is well illustrated by the fable of the dying father, who, to shew his sons the advantages of union, gave them a bundle of twigs, which could not be broken when bound together, but were easily snapped asunder one by one.

and a:

2 Samuel 23:9 And after him [was] Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, [one] of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines [that] were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away:
2 Samuel 23:16 And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that [was] by the gate, and took [it], and brought [it] to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
2 Samuel 23:18-19 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah, was chief among three. And he lifted up his spear against three hundred, [and] slew [them], and had the name among three. ... Was he not most honourable of three? therefore he was their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the [first] three.
2 Samuel 23:23 He was more honourable than the thirty, but he attained not to the [first] three. And David set him over his guard.
Daniel 3:16-17 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we [are] not careful to answer thee in this matter. ... If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king.
Ephesians 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
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