Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
Time to weep
Time to weep
And Nehemiah, who is the governor, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
For his anger endures but for a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.
[A song of ascents.] When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call for weeping, and for mourning, and for baldness, and for girding with sackcloth:
And Jesus said unto them, Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.
And saying, We have piped unto you, and you have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and you have not lamented.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, That you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be regretted: but the sorrow of the world works death.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
A time to laugh
And Sarah said, God has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zachariah: for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.
Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now: for you shall laugh.
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.
2 Samuel 6:16
And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.