I said of laughter, “It is madness,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain,
And the end of joy may be grief.
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.
Therefore in that day the Lord God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,
To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.
Do you put off the day of calamity,
And would you bring near the seat of violence?
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.