Ecclesiastes 2:2
Good News Translation
I discovered that laughter is foolish, that pleasure does you no good.

Contemporary English Version
Laughing and having fun is crazy. What good does it do?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Laughter I counted error: and to mirth I said: Why art thou vainly deceived?

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Laughter I counted error: and to mirth I said: Why art thou vainly deceived?

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Ecclesiastes 7:2-6 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to the house of feasting: for in that we are put in mind of the end of all, and the living thinketh what is to come. . . .

Proverbs 14:13 Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning taketh hold of the ends of joy.

Isaiah 22:12,13 And the Lord, the God of hosts, in that day shall call to weeping, and to mourning, to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: . . .

Amos 6:3-6 You that are separated unto the evil day: and that approach to the throne of iniquity; . . .

1 Peter 4:2-4 That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh, not after the desires of men but according to the will of God. . . .

Context
The Futility of Pleasure
1I said in my heart: I will go, and abound with delights, and enjoy good things. And I saw that this also was vanity. 2Laughter I counted error: and to mirth I said: Why art thou vainly deceived?3I thought in my heart, to withdraw my flesh from wine, that I might turn my mind to wisdom, and might avoid folly, till I might see what was profitable for the children of men: and what they ought to do under the sun, all the days of their life.…
Cross References
Proverbs 14:13
Laughter shall be mingled with sorrow, and mourning taketh hold of the ends of joy.

Ecclesiastes 7:3
Anger is better than laughter: because by the sadness of the countenance the mind of the offender is corrected.

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool: now this also is vanity.

Additional Translations
I said of laughter, “It is folly,” and of pleasure, “What does it accomplish?”I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What does it?

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

I said to laughter, Madness: and to mirth, Why doest thou this:

I said of laughter, Madness! and of mirth, What availeth it?

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

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

I said of laughter, "It is foolishness;" and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"

Of laughter I said, 'Foolish!' and of mirth, 'What is this it is doing?'
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