Ecclesiastes 7:4
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New International Version
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

New Living Translation
A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only about having a good time.

English Standard Version
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

New American Standard Bible
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

King James Bible
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in a house of pleasure.

International Standard Version
For the wise person thinks carefully when in mourning, but fools focus their thoughts on pleasure.

NET Bible
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of merrymaking.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The minds of wise people think about funerals, but the minds of fools think about banquets.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

King James 2000 Bible
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

American King James Version
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

American Standard Version
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The heart of the wise is where there is mourning, and the heart of fools where there is mirth.

Darby Bible Translation
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools in the house of mirth.

English Revised Version
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

World English Bible
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Young's Literal Translation
The heart of the wise is in a house of mourning, And the heart of fools in a house of mirth.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise 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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning. This is the natural conclusion from what was said in vers. 2, 3. The man who recognizes the serious side of life, and knows where to learn lessons of high moral meaning, will be found conversant with scenes of sorrow and suffering, and reflecting upon them. But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. The fool, who thinks of nothing but present enjoyment, and how to make life pass pleasantly, turns away from mournful scenes, and goes only there where he may drown care and be thoughtless and merry.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,.... When his body is not; when it does not suit him to go thither in person, his mind is there, and his thoughts are employed on the useful subjects of the frailty and mortality of human nature, of death, a future judgment, and a world to come; which shows him to be a wise man, and concerned for the best things, even for his eternal happiness in another state;

but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth; where jovial company is, merry songs are sung, and the cup or glass passes briskly round, and all is gay and brilliant: here the fool desires to be oftener than he is, and when he cannot; which shows the folly of his mind, what a vain taste he has, and how thoughtless he is of a future state, and of his eternal welfare.



Ecclesiastes 7:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Value of Wisdom
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. 5It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:1
I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better to heed the rebuke of a wise person than to listen to the song of fools.
Treasury of Scripture

The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

heart

Nehemiah 2:2,5 Why the king said to me, Why is your countenance sad, seeing you …

Isaiah 53:3,4 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted …

Matthew 8:14-16 And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother …

Mark 5:38 And he comes to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and sees …

Luke 7:12,13 Now when he came near to the gate of the city, behold, there was …

John 11:31-35 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, …

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

1 Samuel 30:16 And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad …

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

1 Kings 20:16 And they went out at noon. But Benhadad was drinking himself drunk …

Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure …

Jeremiah 51:39,57 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, …

Daniel 5:1-4,30 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, …

Hosea 7:5 In the day of our king the princes have made him sick with bottles …

Nahum 1:10 For while they be entwined together as thorns, and while they are …

Mark 6:21 And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made …

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