Ecclesiastes 2:2
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English Standard Version
I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?”

King James Bible
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

American Standard Version
I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Laughter I counted error: and to mirth I said: Why art thou vainly deceived?

English Revised Version
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Webster's Bible Translation
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Ecclesiastes 2:2 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

He adduces proof of the wearisomeness of this work of research: "I saw all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and striving after the wind." The point of the sentence lies in והנּה equals וארא וה, so that thus rathi is the expression of the parallel fact (circumst. perfect). The result of his seeing, and that, as he has said Ecclesiastes 1:13, of a by no means superficial and limited seeing, was a discovery of the fleeting, unsubstantial, fruitless nature of all human actions and endeavours. They had, as hevel expresses, not reality in them; and also, as denoted by reuth ruahh (the lxx render well by προαίρεσις πνεύματος), they had no actual consequences, no real issue. Hosea 12:1 also says: "Ephraim feedeth on wind," i.e., follows after, as the result of effort obtains, the wind, roěh ruahh; but only in the Book of Koheleth is this sentence transformed into an abstract terminus technicus (vid., under Reth).

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i said Solomon is not speaking here of sober enjoyment of the things of the world, but of an intemperate pleasure whose two attendants, laughter and mirth are introduced by a beautiful prosopopaeia, as in two persons, whom he treats with the utmost contempt.

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Ecclesiastes 7:2-6 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men...

Proverbs 14:13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.

Isaiah 22:12,13 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth...

Amos 6:3-6 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near...

1 Peter 4:2-4 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God...

Cross References
Proverbs 14:13
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

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

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.

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