Ecclesiastes 10:19
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New International Version
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.

New Living Translation
A party gives laughter, wine gives happiness, and money gives everything!

English Standard Version
Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.

New American Standard Bible
Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.

King James Bible
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything.

International Standard Version
Festivals are for laughter, wine makes life pleasant, and money speaks to everything.

NET Bible
Feasts are made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A meal is made for laughter, and wine makes life pleasant, but money is the answer for everything.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A feast is made for laughter, And wine maketh glad the life; And money answereth all things.

New American Standard 1977
Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The banquet is made for pleasure, and wine makes merry; but money answers all things.

King James 2000 Bible
A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things.

American King James Version
A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things.

American Standard Version
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life; and money answereth all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For laughter they make bread, and wine that the living may feast: and all things obey money.

Darby Bible Translation
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh life merry; but money answereth everything.

English Revised Version
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life: and money answereth all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

World English Bible
A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes the life glad; and money is the answer for all things.

Young's Literal Translation
For mirth they are making a feast, And wine maketh life joyful, And the silver answereth with all.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
10:16-20 The happiness of a land depends on the character of its rulers. The people cannot be happy when their princes are childish, and lovers of pleasure. Slothfulness is of ill consequence both to private and public affairs. Money, of itself, will neither feed nor clothe, though it answers the occasions of this present life, as what is to be had, may generally be had for money. But the soul, as it is not redeemed, so it is not maintained with corruptible things, as silver and gold. God sees what men do, and hears what they say in secret; and, when he pleases, brings it to light by strange and unsuspected ways. If there be hazard in secret thoughts and whispers against earthly rulers, what must be the peril from every deed, word, or thought of rebellion against the King of kings, and Lord of lords! He seeth in secret. His ear is ever open. Sinner! curse not THIS KING in thy inmost thought. Your curses cannot affect Him; but his curse, coming down upon you, will sink you to the lowest hell.
Study Bible
Wisdom and Folly
18Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks. 19Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything. 20Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.…
Cross References
Judges 9:13
"But the vine said to them, 'Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?'

Psalm 104:15
And wine which makes man's heart glad, So that he may make his face glisten with oil, And food which sustains man's heart.

Ecclesiastes 2:3
I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.

Ecclesiastes 7:12
For wisdom is protection just as money is protection, But the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the lives of its possessors.
Treasury of Scripture

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things.

feast

Ecclesiastes 2:1,2 I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore …

Ecclesiastes 7:2-6 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house …

Genesis 43:34 And he took and sent messes to them from before him: but Benjamin's …

Daniel 5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

and wine

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go your way, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a …

Psalm 104:15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face …

Isaiah 24:11 There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the …

1 Samuel 25:36 And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, …

2 Samuel 13:28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark you now when …

Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have much goods laid up for …

Ephesians 5:18,19 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…

maketh merry or money which would have answered every good purpose, and served for every emergency, is too often spent in feastings and revellings

Ecclesiastes 7:11,12 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to …

1 Chronicles 21:24 And king David said to Ornan, No; but I will truly buy it for the …

1 Chronicles 29:2 Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the …

2 Chronicles 24:11-14 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought to the …

Ezra 1:6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels …

Ezra 7:15-18 And to carry the silver and gold, which the king and his counsellors …

Nehemiah 5:8 And I said to them, We after our ability have redeemed our brothers …

Psalm 112:9 He has dispersed, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures …

Isaiah 23:18 And her merchandise and her hire shall be holiness to the LORD: it …

Philippians 4:15-19 Now you Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, …

1 Timothy 6:17-19 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, …

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