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For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man

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have who knows how to walk among the living?


The reality mentioned above, that we all have to work hard just to stay alive, applies to everyone, to the wise or the foolish, and also to the righteous\innocent.



Why is a poor man mentioned in this context? He is making the point that even the righteous who are good examples to others must suffer under the same curse. He chose the righteous poor man because extreme wealth caused others to think that the wealthy person had exploited others. The poor man who lived a good life also gave the impression of innocence. Yet wisdom and innocence, despite their obvious benefits, will not save one from the grave.