Proverbs 14:13

“Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Euen in laughter the heart is sorrowfull; and the end of that mirth is heauinesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; And the end of mirth is heaviness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Even while laughing the heart may be sad; and after joy comes sorrow.
- Basic English Bible

Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of mirth is sadness.
- Darby Bible

Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
- Webster's Bible

Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.
- World English Bible

Even in laughter is the heart pained, And the latter end of joy [is] affliction.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Even in laughter the heart acheth; and the end of mirth is heaviness.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:13


14:13 In laughter - The outward signs of joy are often mixed with real sorrow.


Discussion for Proverbs 14

  • Jerry
    "The backslider in heart..." for all have sinned...you won't "QUIT" sinning til the day you die! So in this sense, we all backslid to a certain extend! But we shouldn't stay here in a backslidden condition too long... we should just confess our sins and get right with the Lord.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 14: "Backslider", better rendered, "hypocrite, deceiver, pretender", may say the right things to appear to be something he isn't, is ruled by the senses, therefore will reap what is truly inside produced by his own wicked imagination. The "good man", ie. the person ruled by the Holy Spirit, will bring forth the good things which his own imagination produces. Matt.12:35
  • Steve
    We are living in the Church age so we are saved by Paul's Gospel 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 The old testament saints were not saved the same way we are because JESUS had not died yet. When they died they went to Abrahams bosom because they could not go to heaven yet because the blood of bulls and goats could not pay for their sin. It was not until JESUS died on the cross that all our sin was paid
  • Irene123
    To Brianna - I really liked that - don't believe everything one hears about God and His Word, but search it out - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. Something else interesting here: Jesus wasn't talking about the N.T. scriptures because they weren't written then; He referred to the O.T. Jesus and salvation are all thru the Old; that's what the old was all about.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 15
    The practical wisdom found in the Bible truly surpasses human thinking. This verse can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. There are so many religions and teachings, and sometimes people never research. However, this verse tells us not to believe everything we hear. Rather, THINK and research to make sure it is true.
  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.

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