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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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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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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