Reflection on Ecclesiastes 4:12

“And if a man prevail against one, two shall withstand him: a threefold cord is not easily broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:12)

Literal Sense:  Solomon notes that a single man is ill-equipped to defend himself against another but two men are better equipped to withstand the attack of another.  However, three men are even better at withstanding an attack and cannot be easily defeated.

Allegorical Sense:  As a threefold cord cannot be easily broken, the bond between the Father and the Son, which is the Holy Spirit, cannot be broken.

Moral Sense:  Since a threefold cord is not easily broken, we must strive to excel in the Theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.  With these three virtues our bond with God will not be broken.

Anagogical Sense:  Solomon’s point causes us to rejoice in the fact that the love between Christ and His Bride will never be broken.

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