Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Festivals are for laughter, wine makes life pleasant, and money speaks to everything.

New American Standard Bible

Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything.

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

A feast is prepared for laughter,
and wine makes life happy,
and money is the answer for everything.

A Conservative Version

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes glad the life, and money answers all things.

American Standard Version

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh glad the life; and money answereth all things.


The officials make a feast for enjoyment [instead of repairing what is broken], and serve wine to make life merry, and money is the answer to everything.

Bible in Basic English

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

Darby Translation

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

Julia Smith Translation

For laughter they make bread, and wine will gladden the living: and silver will answer with all.

King James 2000

A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry: but money answers all things.

Lexham Expanded Bible

{Feasts are held for celebration}, wine cheers the living, and money answers everything.

Modern King James verseion

Bread is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but silver answers all things.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Meat maketh men to laugh, and wine maketh them merry; but unto money are all things obedient.

NET Bible

Feasts are made for laughter, and wine makes life merry, but money is the answer for everything.

New Heart English Bible

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

The Emphasized Bible

Merrily people make bread, and, wine, gladdeneth life, - but, money, answereth all things.


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

World English Bible

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

Youngs Literal Translation

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


Root Form
A feast
Usage: 298

שׂחק שׂחוק 
Usage: 15

and wine
Usage: 140

Usage: 155

but money
Usage: 403

Usage: 329



Context Readings

The Burden Of Folly

18 Through slothfulness the roof deteriorates, and a house leaks because of idleness. 19 Festivals are for laughter, wine makes life pleasant, and money speaks to everything. 20 Do not curse the king, even in your thoughts. Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom. For a bird will fly by and tell what you say, or something with wings may talk about it.

Cross References

Psalm 104:15

like wine that makes the heart of people happy, oil that makes the face glow, and food that sustains people.

Luke 12:19

Then I'll say to myself, "You've stored up plenty of good things for many years. Take it easy, eat, drink, and enjoy yourself."'

Genesis 43:34

Joseph himself brought portions to them from his own table, except that he provided to Benjamin five times as much as he did for each of the others. So they feasted together and drank freely with Joseph.

Judges 9:13

But the grape vine asked them, "Should I leave my new wine, which cheers God and man, and go take dominion over trees?'

1 Samuel 25:36

Abigail returned to Nabal, and he was there in his house holding a festival like the festival of a king. Nabal's heart was glad, and he was very drunk, so she didn't tell him anything at all until morning.

2 Samuel 13:28

Then Absalom instructed his young men, "Please keep watching Amnon until he's drunk. Then I'll tell you, "Attack Amnon!' As soon as I do, kill him and don't be afraid! You have your orders, so be strong and brave!"

1 Chronicles 21:24

But King David told Ornan, "No. I will buy them for the full price because I will not offer to the LORD what is yours or offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing."

1 Chronicles 29:2-9

To the extent that I have been able to do so, I have provided supplies for the Temple of my God, including gold for what is to be made of gold, silver for what is to be made of silver, bronze for what is to be made of bronze, iron for what is to be made of iron, wood for what is to be made of wood, and great quantities of onyx, precious stones, antimony, colored stones, all types of other semi-precious stones, and plenty of marble.

2 Chronicles 24:11-14

Whenever the chest was brought to the king's officials by the descendants of Levi, the royal secretary and the chief priest's designated officer would come, empty the chest, and take it back to its place. They did this day after day until they had collected a large amount of cash.

Ezra 1:6

So all of their neighbors equipped the travelers with silver, gold, equipment, pack animals, and valuable goods, in addition to voluntary offerings.

Ezra 7:15-18

You are carrying silver and gold that the king and his advisors have freely given to the God of Israel, whose Temple is in Jerusalem,

Nehemiah 5:8

I accused them, "To the best of our ability, we've been buying back our fellow Jews who had been sold to foreigners. Even now you're selling your fellow countrymen, only for them to be sold back to us!" They kept quiet and never spoke a word.

Psalm 112:9

He gives generously to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn is exalted in honor.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-2

I told myself, "I will test you with pleasure, so enjoy yourself." But this was pointless.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-6

It's better to attend a funeral than to attend a banquet, for everyone dies eventually, and the living will take this to heart.

Ecclesiastes 7:11-12

Wise use of possessions is good; it brings benefit to the living.

Ecclesiastes 9:7

Go ahead and enjoy your meals as you eat. Drink your wine with a joyful attitude, because God already has approved your actions.

Isaiah 23:18

Nevertheless, her profits and her earnings will be dedicated to the LORD; they will not be stored up or hoarded but her profits will go to those who live in the LORD's presence, for abundant food and choice clothing.

Isaiah 24:11

There is an outcry in the streets over wine; all cheer turns to gloom; the fun times of the earth are banished.

Daniel 5:1-12

King Belshazzar put on a great festival for a thousand of his officials. He joined all one thousand of them in getting drunk.

Matthew 17:27

So Jesus told him, "In that case, the subjects are exempt. However, so that we don't offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, open its mouth, and you will find a coin. Take it and give it to them for me and you."

Matthew 19:21

Jesus told him, "If you want to be perfect, go and sell what you own and give the money to the destitute, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come back and follow me."

Luke 8:3

Joanna, the wife of Herod's household manager Chuza; Susanna; and many others. These women continued to support them out of their personal resources.

Acts 2:45

They made it their practice to sell their possessions and goods and to distribute the proceeds to anyone who was in need.

Acts 11:29

So all of the disciples decided they would send a contribution to the brothers living in Judea, as they were able,

Ephesians 5:18-19

Stop getting drunk with wine, which leads to wild living, but keep on being filled with the Spirit.

Philippians 4:15-19

You Philippians also know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church participated with me in the matter of giving and receiving except for you.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

Tell those who are rich in this age not to be arrogant and not to place their confidence in anything as uncertain as riches. Instead, let them place their confidence in God, who lavishly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

1 Peter 4:3

For you spent enough time in the past doing what the gentiles like to do, living in sensuality, sinful desires, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and detestable idolatry.

Luke 16:9

"I'm telling you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails, they will welcome you into eternal homes.

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