Ecclesiastes 2 :2

Ecclesiastes 2 :2 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

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

Barnes's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2 :2

Wesley's Commentary 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.
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