New International Version
Frustration is better than laughter, because a sad face is good for the heart.
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.
Ecclesiastes 7:3 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Sorrow is better than laughter - The reason is immediately given; for by the sorrow of the countenance - the grief of heart that shows itself in the countenance: -
The heart is made better - In such cases, most men try themselves at the tribunal of their own consciences, and resolve on amendment of life.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
sorrow is better
LibraryFinis Coronat Opus
'Better is the end of a thing than the beginning.'--ECCLES. vii. 8. This Book of Ecclesiastes is the record of a quest after the chief good. The Preacher tries one thing after another, and tells his experiences. Amongst these are many blunders. It is the final lesson which he would have us learn, not the errors through which he reached it. 'The conclusion of the whole matter' is what he would commend to us, and to it he cleaves his way through a number of bitter exaggerations and of partial truths …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Eusebius' Accession to the Bishopric of Cæsarea.
2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.
"Laughter," I said, "is madness. And what does pleasure accomplish?"
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.
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