Ecclesiastes 7:3
Text Analysis
2896 [e]ט֥וֹב
[is] betterAdj-ms
3708 [e]כַּ֖עַס
7814 [e]מִשְּׂחֹ֑ק
than laughterPrep-m | N-ms
3588 [e]כִּֽי־
7455 [e]בְרֹ֥עַ
by sadPrep-b | N-msc
6440 [e]פָּנִ֖ים
a countenanceN-mp
3190 [e]יִ֥יטַב
is made betterV-Qal-Imperf-3ms
3820 [e]לֵֽב׃
the heartN-ms

Hebrew Texts
קהלת 7:3 Hebrew OT: Westminster Leningrad Codex
טֹ֥וב כַּ֖עַס מִשְּׂחֹ֑ק כִּֽי־בְרֹ֥עַ פָּנִ֖ים יִ֥יטַב לֵֽב׃

קהלת 7:3 Hebrew OT: WLC (Consonants Only)
טוב כעס משחק כי־ברע פנים ייטב לב׃

קהלת 7:3 Paleo-Hebrew OT: WLC (Font Required)
טוב כעס משחק כי־ברע פנים ייטב לב׃

קהלת 7:3 Hebrew Bible
טוב כעס משחק כי ברע פנים ייטב לב׃

Parallel Verses
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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Grief is better than laughter, for when a face is sad, a heart may be glad.
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