Ecclesiastes 2:2
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New International Version
"Laughter," I said, "is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?"

New Living Translation
So I said, "Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?"

English Standard Version
I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?”

New American Standard Bible
I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"

King James Bible
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I said about laughter, "It is madness," and about pleasure, "What does this accomplish?"

International Standard Version
"Senseless," said I concerning laughter and pleasure, "How practical is this?"

NET Bible
I said of partying, "It is folly," and of self-indulgent pleasure, "It accomplishes nothing!"

New Heart English Bible
I said of laughter, "It is foolishness;" and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I thought, "Laughter doesn't make any sense. What does pleasure accomplish?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
I said of laughter: 'It is mad'; and of mirth: 'What doth it accomplish?'

New American Standard 1977
I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”

Jubilee Bible 2000
I said of laughter, It is mad, and of mirth, What does it do?

King James 2000 Bible
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What use is it?

American King James Version
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What does it?

American Standard Version
I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Laughter I counted error: and to mirth I said: Why art thou vainly deceived?

Darby Bible Translation
I said of laughter, Madness! and of mirth, What availeth it?

English Revised Version
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Webster's Bible Translation
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

World English Bible
I said of laughter, "It is foolishness;" and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"

Young's Literal Translation
Of laughter I said, 'Foolish!' and of mirth, 'What is this it is doing?'
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
2:1-11 Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? The manifold devices of men's hearts, to get satisfaction from the world, and their changing from one thing to another, are like the restlessness of a man in a fever. Perceiving it was folly to give himself to wine, he next tried the costly amusements of princes. The poor, when they read such a description, are ready to feel discontent. But the remedy against all such feelings is in the estimate of it all by the owner himself. All was vanity and vexation of spirit: and the same things would yield the same result to us, as to Solomon. Having food and raiment, let us therewith be content. His wisdom remained with him; a strong understanding, with great human knowledge. But every earthly pleasure, when unconnected with better blessings, leaves the mind as eager and unsatisfied as before. Happiness arises not from the situation in which we are placed. It is only through Jesus Christ that final blessedness can be attained.
Study Bible
The Futility of Pleasures
1I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility. 2I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?" 3I 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.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:13
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.

Ecclesiastes 7:3
Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.
Treasury of Scripture

I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What does it?

i said Solomon is not speaking here of sober enjoyment of the things of the world, but of an intemperate pleasure whose two attendants, laughter and mirth are introduced by a beautiful prosopopaeia, as in two persons, whom he treats with the utmost contempt.

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

Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Isaiah 22:12,13 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Amos 6:3-6 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence …

1 Peter 4:2-4 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

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