New American Standard Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.
King James Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
Darby Bible Translation
Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
World English Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.
Young's Literal Translation
Better is sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of the face the heart becometh better.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sorrow - Rather, Seriousness.
The heart is made better - i. e., is made bright and joyful (compare 2 Corinthians 6:10). The mind which bears itself equally in human concerns, whether they be pleasant or sorrowful, must always be glad, free, and at peace.
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2 Corinthians 7:10
For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.
I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"
The mind of the wise is in the house of mourning, While the mind of fools is in the house of pleasure.
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