Ecclesiastes 10:19

“A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Men} prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life; and money answereth all things.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A feast is for laughing, and wine makes glad the heart; but by the one and the other money is wasted.
- Basic English Bible

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh life merry; but money answereth everything.
- Darby Bible

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
- Webster's Bible

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes the life glad; and money is the answer for all things.
- World English Bible

For mirth they are making a feast, And wine maketh life joyful, And the silver answereth with all.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life; and money answereth all things.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 10

  • Exegesis 1
    Ecclesiastes is a 'wisdom book'. In his writings, the Preacher has stated that all history and human activity is subject to the Sovereign Will of God (3:11, 7:13). In chapter 10, the Preacher compartmentalizes both the spiritual and the natural world; 'feasting brings laughter, wine brings joy, and money answers everything', but Yahweh will Judge all.
  • Lu2677
    Ecc.10:12 "The words of a wise man's mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself". 13; "The beginning words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness." Madness is a serious condition. I am so thankful that God hears all words spoken. By our words we will be condemned, by our words we will be justified.
  • Ruthette
    In the natural things of life , money is the solution. God will supply for all our needs,
    even money. God gives us the power to get wealth.
  • Cornelius Omotola for verse 8
    Ecclesiastes 10:8, is actually meant for the evil doers, that they cannot go unpunished for whatever acts of evil they must have done to fellow human beings, because God hate wickedness.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    ECCLESIASTES 10:19 COMMENTS 5 02 2015 4:10 AM Not because we do not need money, but we need in every day living only. In Luke 16:13 we cannot serve two masters. Temporal things is good, but the eternal things is the best. 2 Cor4:17-18 . Lord, thank you for the wealth is in you. A-men.
  • Xolani Dlamini for verse 19
    Money must luv us,not us Luv money but we must remember that be poor is not on God will.When you read the bible many they were having farm,cow including Jesus was having present of gold when was born.Bible say treasure is hidden in Christ so we must luv Christ and we will have money.

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