1 So 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. 2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive. 3 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. Ecclesiastes 4:1-3
Solomon is again thinking of all the oppressions around him. Evil triumphed even in Solomon’s time (Ecclesiastes 3:16). He says many times throughout this book everything that happens is “under the sun”. It is the way of the world, the day to day happenings.
He saw all this occurring in the judicial system. The exploited are oppressed more and more while the oppressors have all the power. There was no one who could deliver them. This was a sad state of affairs. Solomon was so saddened by this that he said it was better to die then live with the oppression.
Many years before Solomon arrived at this conclusion, way back in the book of Genesis we are told “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)
Times have not changed. Man’s heart is still evil but praise God He has sent a solution in the life of His Son.
Have a blessed day,