Ecclesiastes 7:3
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New International Version
Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.

New Living Translation
Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.

English Standard Version
Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.

New American Standard Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.

King James Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Grief is better than laughter, for when a face is sad, a heart may be glad.

International Standard Version
Sorrow is better than laughter, because the heart is made better through trouble.

NET Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sorrow is better than laughter because, in spite of a sad face, the heart can be joyful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Vexation is better than laughter; For by the sadness of the countenance the heart may be gladdened.

New American Standard 1977
Sorrow is better than laughter,
            For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made whole.

King James 2000 Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

American King James Version
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

American Standard Version
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Anger is better than laughter: because by the sadness of the countenance the mind of the offender is corrected.

Darby Bible Translation
Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

English Revised Version
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.

Webster's Bible Translation
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

World English Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.

Young's Literal Translation
Better is sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of the face the heart becometh better.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:1-6 Reputation for piety and honesty is more desirable than all the wealth and pleasure in this world. It will do more good to go to a funeral than to a feast. We may lawfully go to both, as there is occasion; our Saviour both feasted at the wedding of his friend in Cana, and wept at the grave of his friend in Bethany. But, considering how apt we are to be vain and indulge the flesh, it is best to go to the house of mourning, to learn the end of man as to this world. Seriousness is better than mirth and jollity. That is best for us which is best for our souls, though it be unpleasing to sense. It is better to have our corruptions mortified by the rebuke of the wise, than to have them gratified by the song of fools. The laughter of a fool is soon gone, the end of his mirth is heaviness.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
2It is better to go to a house of mourning Than to go to a house of feasting, Because that is the end of every man, And the living takes it to heart. 3Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy. 4The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Ecclesiastes 2:2
I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"

Ecclesiastes 7:4
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
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