May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(A)
    like a stillborn child(B) that never sees the sun.

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As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.

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But better than both
    is the one who has never been born,(A)
who has not seen the evil
    that is done under the sun.(B)

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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.

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A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn(A) child is better off than he.(B)

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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, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.

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