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Ecclesiastes 7:3

    Ecclesiastes 7:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Sorrow is better than joy; when the face is sad the mind gets better.

    Webster's Revision

    Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.

    World English Bible

    Sorrow is better than laughter; for by the sadness of the face the heart is made good.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made glad.

    Definitions for Ecclesiastes 7:3

    Countenance - Appearance.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:3

    Sorrow is better than laughter - The reason is immediately given; for by the sorrow of the countenance - the grief of heart that shows itself in the countenance: -

    The heart is made better - In such cases, most men try themselves at the tribunal of their own consciences, and resolve on amendment of life.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:3

    Sorrow - Rather, Seriousness.

    The heart is made better - i. e., is made bright and joyful (compare 2 Corinthians 6:10). The mind which bears itself equally in human concerns, whether they be pleasant or sorrowful, must always be glad, free, and at peace.