8 There was a man all alone;
he had neither son nor brother.
There was no end to his toil,
yet his eyes were not content with his wealth.
“For whom am I toiling,” he asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless—
a miserable business!
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
This passage has always been one of my favorites. I looked forward to having a best friend to share stories and life in general with in high school and the Lord blessed me with one.
I prayed fervently for my future husband growing up and constantly used this verse in my prayers as a reason “why” I needed a husband in the future. And when I met him he fell under the best friend category for two years before anything else happened with our relationship. When it did…well, that is a story for another time.
This passage was read at our wedding.