Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”

King James Version

I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Holman Bible

I said about laughter, “It is madness,” and about pleasure, “What does this accomplish?”

International Standard Version

"Senseless," said I concerning laughter and pleasure, "How practical is this?"

A Conservative Version

I said of laughter, It is mad, and of mirth, What does it do?

American Standard Version

I said of laughter, It is mad; and of mirth, What doeth it?

Amplified

I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”

Bible in Basic English

Of laughing I said, It is foolish; and of joy--What use is it?

Darby Translation

I said of laughter, Madness! and of mirth, What availeth it?

Julia Smith Translation

To laughter I said, It is mad: and to gladness, What did this?

King James 2000

I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What use is it?

Lexham Expanded Bible

I said of laughter, "[It is] folly!" and of pleasure, "{What does it accomplish?}"

Modern King James verseion

I said of laughter, It is madness; and of mirth, What does it do?

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

insomuch that I said unto laughter, "Thou art mad," and to mirth, "What doest thou?"

NET Bible

I said of partying, "It is folly," and of self-indulgent pleasure, "It accomplishes nothing!"

New Heart English Bible

I said of laughter, "It is foolishness;" and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"

The Emphasized Bible

Of laughter, I said, Madness! and, of mirth, What can it do?

Webster

I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

World English Bible

I said of laughter, "It is foolishness;" and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"

Youngs Literal Translation

Of laughter I said, 'Foolish!' and of mirth, 'What is this it is doing?'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
שׂחק שׂחוק 
S@chowq 
Usage: 15

It is mad
הלל 
Halal 
Usage: 165

and of mirth
שׂמחה 
Simchah 
Usage: 93

זה 
Zoh 
Usage: 12

References

Verse Info

Context Readings

Qohelet's Investigation Of Self-Indulgence

1 I said to myself, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself.” And behold, it too was futility. 2 I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?” 3 I explored with my mind how to stimulate my body with wine while my mind was guiding me wisely, and how to take hold of folly, until I could see what good there is for the sons of men to do under heaven the few years of their lives.


Cross References

Proverbs 14:13

Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-6

It is better to go to a house of mourning
Than to go to a house of feasting,
Because that is the end of every man,
And the living takes it to heart.

Isaiah 22:12-13

Therefore in that day the Lord God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,
To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.

Amos 6:3-6

Do you put off the day of calamity,
And would you bring near the seat of violence?

1 Peter 4:2-4

so as to live the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

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