New International Version
"Laughter," I said, "is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?"
King James Bible
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
Darby Bible Translation
I said of laughter, Madness! and of mirth, What availeth it?
World English Bible
I said of laughter, "It is foolishness;" and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"
Young's Literal Translation
Of laughter I said, 'Foolish!' and of mirth, 'What is this it is doing?'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I said of laughter, It is mad - Literally "To laughter I said, O mad one! and to mirth, What is this one doing?"
Solomon does not speak here of a sober enjoyment of the things of this world, but of intemperate pleasure, whose two attendants, laughter and mirth are introduced by a beautiful prosopopoeia as two persons; and the contemptuous manner wherewith he treats them has something remarkably striking. He tells the former to her face that she is mad; but as to the latter, he thinks her so much beneath his notice, that he only points at her, and instantly turns his back.
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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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Of Spiritual Aridity Though God hath no other desire than to impart Himself to the loving soul that seeks Him, yet He frequently conceals Himself that the soul may be roused from sloth, and impelled to seek Him with fidelity and love. But with what abundant goodness doth He recompense the faithfulness of His beloved? And how sweetly are these apparent withdrawings of Himself succeeded by the consoling caresses of love? At these seasons we are apt to believe, either that it proves our fidelity, and …
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Introduction to the "Theological" Orations.
James the Brother of the Lord.
"And These Things Write we unto You, that Your Joy May be Full. "
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and rejoicing may end in grief.
Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.
Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
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