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Ecclesiastes 2:2

    Ecclesiastes 2:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

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

    Webster's Revision

    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?"

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Ecclesiastes 2:2

    Mirth - Gladness; rejoicing.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:2

    I said of laughter, It is mad - Literally "To laughter I said, O mad one! and to mirth, What is this one doing?"

    Solomon does not speak here of a sober enjoyment of the things of this world, but of intemperate pleasure, whose two attendants, laughter and mirth are introduced by a beautiful prosopopoeia as two persons; and the contemptuous manner wherewith he treats them has something remarkably striking. He tells the former to her face that she is mad; but as to the latter, he thinks her so much beneath his notice, that he only points at her, and instantly turns his back.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 2:2

    2:2 It is mad - This is an act of madness, more fit for fools who know nothing, than for wise men in this sinful, and dangerous, and deplorable state of mankind. What doth it - What good doth it? Or how can it make men happy? I challenge all the Epicures in the world to give me a solid answer.