Ecclesiastes 7:6
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New International Version
Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.

New Living Translation
A fool's laughter is quickly gone, like thorns crackling in a fire. This also is meaningless.

English Standard Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.

New American Standard Bible
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.

King James Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for like the crackling of burning thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.

International Standard Version
For as thorns burn to heat a pot, so also is the laughter of the fool— even this is pointless.

NET Bible
For like the crackling of quick-burning thorns under a cooking pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This kind of folly also is useless.

New Heart English Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The laughter of a fool is like the crackling of thorns burning under a pot. Even this is pointless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool; this also is vanity.

New American Standard 1977
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot,
            So is the laughter of the fool,
            And this too is futility.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The laughter of the fool is as the crackling of thorns under a pot, and this also (the laughter or prosperity of the fool) is vanity.

King James 2000 Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

American King James Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

American Standard Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool: now this also is vanity.

Darby Bible Translation
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

English Revised Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Webster's Bible Translation
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

World English Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

Young's Literal Translation
For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So is the laughter of a fool, even this is vanity.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
5It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man Than for one to listen to the song of fools. 6For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility. 7For oppression makes a wise man mad, And a bribe corrupts the heart.…
Cross References
Psalm 58:9
Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.

Psalm 118:12
They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

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

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

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Ecclesiastes 2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What does it?

Psalm 58:9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as …

Psalm 118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire …

Isaiah 65:13-15 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, …

Amos 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into …

Luke 6:25 Woe to you that are full! for you shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh …

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

2 Peter 2:13-17 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count …

Jude 1:12,13 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, …

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Proverbs 29:9 If a wise man contends with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, …

(6) There is again a play on words, which German translators represent by "the crackling of nettle under the kettle," and Plumptre "the crackling of stubble which makes the pot bubble." The reference plainly is to the quick blazing up and quick going out of the flame.

Verse 6. - For as the crackling of thorns under a pot. There is a play of words in the Hebrew, "The crackling of sirim under a sir," which Wright expresses by translating, "Like the noise of the nettles under the kettles." In the East, and where wood is scarce, thorns, hay, and stubble are used for fuel (Psalm 58:9; Psalm 120:4; Matthew 6:30). Such materials are quickly kindled, blaze up for a time with much noise, and soon die away (Psalm 118:12). So is the laughter of the fool. The point of comparison is the loud crackling and the short duration of the fire with small results. So the fool's mirth is boisterous and noisy, but comes to a speedy end, and is spent to no good purpose. So in Job (Job 20:5) we have, "The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment." All this profitless mirth is again nothing but vanity. For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool,.... As thorns are weak, useless, and unprofitable; yea, hurtful and pernicious, and only fit for burning; so are foolish and wicked men, 2 Samuel 23:6; and as the noise and sound of the one under a pot is very short, they make a blaze for a while, and is soon over; so though the laughter of a fool is loud and noisy, it makes no melody, no more than the noise of thorns; and is but for a moment, and will be soon changed for weeping and howling, which will last for ever; see Job 20:5;

this also is vanity; the carnal mirth of wicked men. 6. crackling—answers to the loud merriment of fools. It is the very fire consuming them which produces the seeming merry noise (Joe 2:5). Their light soon goes out in the black darkness. There is a paronomasia in the Hebrew, Sirim ("thorns"), Sir ("pot"). The wicked are often compared to "thorns" (2Sa 23:6; Na 1:10). Dried cow-dung was the common fuel in Palestine; its slowness in burning makes the quickness of a fire of thorns the more graphic, as an image of the sudden end of fools (Ps 118:12).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.
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