Ecclesiastes 7:3

“Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Sorrow is better then laughter: for by the sadnesse of the countenance the heart is made better.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Sorrow is better than laughter, For when a face is sad a heart may be happy.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Sorrow is better than joy; when the face is sad the mind gets better.
- Basic English Bible

Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
- Darby Bible

Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
- Webster's Bible

Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.
- World English Bible

Better [is] sorrow than laughter, For by the sadness of the face the heart becometh better.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Vexation is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart may be gladdened.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Discussion for Ecclesiastes 7:3

  • Paul W. Green for verse 3
    this most beloved scripture occurred to me as I lay sleepless in bed early morning 7 26 14. I am thoroughly convinced of it 's efficacy in the truly longing heart. Interestingly enough just before that I had gone over the opening paragraph of a well known to me essay that touches upon the spirit and necessity of "the broken and contrite spirit " which is core to the "beauty of holiness ". which sorrow and sadness was epitomized through the sacrificial suffering and death of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. Here it is. "MOSAIC " It occurred to me that it is generally composed of shards and bits of various materials. Taken separately they are quite meaningless and un noteworthy yet in the hands of the artist they are collectively transformed to such a gorgeous degree that hardly are we even aware of there actual unattractiveness apart from each other. Perhaps, by virtue of the artists ' vision they each become imbued by the over arching light of his design melding them almost unperceptively into the whole of a "NEW CREATION ".

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