This passage we’ve come to in our study of Ecclesiastes is a wonderful treatment on the importance of friendship and the value that other people bring to our lives. For the past couple of chapters, Solomon has been weighing life in the balance. He has considered life ‘under the sun’ and has come to the conclusion that apart from God it all seems so empty. He found injustice under the sun where there ought to have been righteousness. He found emptiness where there ought to have been satisfaction. In the opening verses of chapter four, he contrasts the industrious man with the idle man. Now, he is going to take a look at the independent and isolated man.