Ecclesiastes 7:3
Sorrow is better than laughter, for a sad countenance is good for the heart.
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2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

Ecclesiastes 2:2
I said of laughter, "It is folly," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"

Ecclesiastes 7:4
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.

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sorrow is better

Psalm 119:67, 71
Before I was afflicted, I went astray; but now I keep Your word. . . .

Psalm 126:5, 6
Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. . . .

Jeremiah 31:8, 9, 15-20
Behold, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, including the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor. They will return as a great assembly! . . .

Jeremiah 50:4, 5
"In those days and at that time, declares the LORD, the children of Israel and the children of Judah will come together, weeping as they come, and will seek the LORD their God. . . .

Daniel 9:3
So I turned my attention to the Lord God to seek Him by prayer and petition, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Daniel 10:2, 3, 19
In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three full weeks. . . .

Zechariah 12:10-14
Then I will pour out on the house of David and on the residents of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and prayer, and they will look on Me, the One they have pierced. They will mourn for Him as one mourns an only child, and weep bitterly for Him as one grieves a firstborn son. . . .

Luke 6:21, 25
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. . . .

John 16:20-22
Truly, truly, I tell you, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. . . .

2 Corinthians 7:9-11
And now I rejoice, not because you were made sorrowful, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you felt the sorrow that God had intended, and so were not harmed in any way by us. . . .

James 4:8-10
Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. . . .


Romans 5:3, 4
Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; . . .

2 Corinthians 4:17
For our light and temporary affliction is producing for us an eternal glory that far outweighs our troubles.

Hebrews 12:10, 11
Our fathers disciplined us for a short time as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, so that we may share in His holiness. . . .

James 1:2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, . . .

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