Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their efforts. For if either falls his companion can lift him up, but pity the one who falls without another to lift him up. Also, if two lie down together, they can keep warm; but how can one person alone keep warm? And if someone overpowers one person, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Solomon, who is the writer of the book Ecclesiastes, is telling us here that it life is better if it is not done alone. And gives us some examples of why this is true. The first example he gives if a person falls with a companion by their side, then their companion can pick them up. And this falling could be either a physical fall or it could be a spiritual fall, but either way the result is still the same. The second example has more to do with survival, because Solomon says, “If two lie down together, they can keep warm”. This has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival. The concept of shared body heat is a well known survival technique. And the final example gives is the idea that one person can be easily overcome by another person, but two people can resist the one who is trying to overcome them. Solomon then finishes this entire thought about not going through life alone with these words: “A cord of three strands is not easily broken”. Solomon is ending his thoughts and his words of wisdom on going through life with companions, by telling us that we don’t just need earthly companions but we also need our heavenly companion. And that is God, because it does nor matter how many earthly friends you have because without God there you are only a stand of two cords.