Ecclesiastes 7:4
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.

Berean Study Bible
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
A sensible person mourns, but fools always laugh.

Good News Translation
Someone who is always thinking about happiness is a fool. A wise person thinks about death.

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.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
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 1977
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
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.
Study Bible
The Value of Wisdom
3Sorrow is better than laughter, for a sad countenance is good for the heart. 4The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure. 5It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools.…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 2:1
I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy what is good!" But it proved to be futile.

Ecclesiastes 7:3
Sorrow is better than laughter, for a sad countenance is good for the heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:5
It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke 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
Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, …

Isaiah 53:3,4
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not…

Matthew 8:14-16
And when Jesus was come into Peter's house, he saw his wife's mother laid, and sick of a fever…

the heart

1 Samuel 25:36
And Abigail came to Nabal; and, behold, he held a feast in his house, like the feast of a king; and Nabal's heart was merry within him, for he was very drunken: wherefore she told him nothing, less or more, until the morning light.

1 Samuel 30:16
And when he had brought him down, behold, they were spread abroad upon all the earth, eating and drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

2 Samuel 13:28
Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon's heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.







Lexicon
The heart
לֵ֤ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of the wise
חֲכָמִים֙ (ḥă·ḵā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2450: Wise

[is] in the house
בְּבֵ֣ית (bə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of mourning,
אֵ֔בֶל (’ê·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 60: Lamentation

but the heart
וְלֵ֥ב (wə·lêḇ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

of fools
כְּסִילִ֖ים (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

is in the house
בְּבֵ֥ית (bə·ḇêṯ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of pleasure.
שִׂמְחָֽה׃ (śim·ḥāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8057: Blithesomeness, glee
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. 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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