Ecclesiastes 7:3
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English Standard Version
Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad.

King James Bible
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.

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.

Ecclesiastes 7:3 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the soul: also this is vain and windy effort." We see from the fin. הל־ן interchanging with מר that the latter is not meant of the object (Ecclesiastes 11:9), but of the action, viz., the "rejoicing in that which one has" (Targ.); but this does not signify grassatio,-i.e., impetus animae appetentis, ὁρμὴ τῆς ψυχῆς (cf. Marcus Aurelius, iii. 16), which Knobel, Heiligst., and Ginsburg compare (for הלך means grassari only with certain subjects, as fire, contagion, and the life; and in certain forms, as יהלך for ילך, to which הלך equals לכת does not belong), - but erratio, a going out in extent, roving to a distance (cf. הלך, wanderer), ῥεμβασμὸς ἐπιθυμίας, Wisd. 4:12. - Going is the contrast of rest; the soul which does not become full or satisfied goes out, and seeks and reaches not its aim. This insatiableness, characteristic of the soul, this endless unrest, belongs also to the miseries of this present life; for to have and to enjoy is better than this constant Hungern und Lungern hungering and longing. More must not be put into 9a than already lies in it, as Elster does: "the only enduring enjoyment of life consists in the quiet contemplation of that which, as pleasant and beautiful, it affords, without this mental joy mingling with the desire for the possession of sensual enjoyment." The conception of "the sight of the eyes" is certainly very beautifully idealized, but in opposition to the text. If 9a must be a moral proverb, then Luther's rendering is the best: "It is better to enjoy the present good, than to think about other good."

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sorrow is better

Psalm 119:67,71 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept your word...

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy...

Jeremiah 31:8,9,15-20 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame...

Jeremiah 50:4,5 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together...

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

Daniel 10:2,3,19 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks...

Zechariah 12:10-14 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications...

Luke 6:21,25 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh...

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful...

2 Corinthians 7:9-11 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed to repentance: for you were made sorry after a godly manner...

James 4:8-10 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded...

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Romans 5:3,4 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience...

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Hebrews 12:10,11 For they truly for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness...

James 1:2-4 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations...

Cross References
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

Ecclesiastes 2:2
I said of laughter, "It is mad," and of pleasure, "What use is it?"

Ecclesiastes 7:4
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

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