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Ecclesiastes 7:4

    Ecclesiastes 7:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The hearts of the wise are in the house of weeping; but the hearts of the foolish are in the house of joy.

    Webster's Revision

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

    World English Bible

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

    Definitions for Ecclesiastes 7:4

    Mirth - Gladness; rejoicing.

    Clarke's Commentary on Ecclesiastes 7:4

    The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning - A wise man loves those occasions from which he can derive spiritual advantage; and therefore prefers visiting the sick, and sympathizing with those who have suffered privations by death. But the fool - the gay, thoughtless, and giddy - prefers places and times of diversion and amusement. Here he is prevented from seriously considering either himself or his latter end. The grand fault and misfortune of youth.

    Barnes' Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:4

    House of mourning ... house of mirth - These phrases acquire a forcible significance from the Eastern custom of prolonging both festive and mournful celebrations through several days. See Genesis 50:10; Judges 14:17. This verse indicates that a life of enjoyment, does not mean the abandonment of ourselves to pleasures, but the thankful and sober use of the beautiful things which God gives us.

    Wesley's Notes on Ecclesiastes 7:4

    7:4 The wise - Are constantly meditating upon serious things.