Ecclesiastes 7:6
New International Version
Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.

New Living Translation
A fool’s laughter is quickly gone, like thorns crackling in a fire. This also is meaningless.

English Standard Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.

Berean Study Bible
For like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.

King James Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

New King James Version
For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

New American Standard Bible
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.

NASB 1995
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.

NASB 1977
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool, And this too is futility.

Amplified Bible
For like the crackling of [burning] thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is vanity (futility).

Christian Standard Bible
for like the crackling of burning thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for like the crackling of burning thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.

American Standard Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For like the sound of thorns under a metal pot, so is the laughter of fools, and this also is futility

Brenton Septuagint Translation
As the sound of thorns under a caldron, so is the laughter of fools: this is also vanity.

Contemporary English Version
Foolish laughter is stupid. It sounds like thorns crackling in a fire.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For as the crackling of thorns burning under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool: now this also is vanity.

English Revised Version
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Good News Translation
When a fool laughs, it is like thorns crackling in a fire. It doesn't mean a thing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The laughter of a fool is like the crackling of thorns burning under a pot. Even this is pointless.

International Standard Version
For as thorns burn to heat a pot, so also is the laughter of the fool— even this is pointless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool; this also is vanity.

Literal Standard Version
For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So [is] the laughter of a fool, even this [is] vanity.

NET Bible
For like the crackling of quick-burning thorns under a cooking pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This kind of folly also is useless.

New Heart English Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

World English Bible
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

Young's Literal Translation
For as the noise of thorns under the pot, So is the laughter of a fool, even this is vanity.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Value of Wisdom
5It is better to heed a wise man’s rebuke than to listen to the song of fools. 6For like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile. 7Surely extortion turns a wise man into a fool, and a bribe corrupts the heart.…

Cross References
Psalm 58:9
Before your pots can feel the burning thorns--whether green or dry--He will sweep them away.

Psalm 118:12
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were extinguished like burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

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


Treasury of Scripture

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

as

Ecclesiastes 2:2
I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Psalm 58:9
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

Psalm 118:12
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

crackling

Proverbs 29:9
If a wise man contendeth with a foolish man, whether he rage or laugh, there is no rest.









(6) There is again a play on words, which German translators represent by "the crackling of nettle under the kettle," and Plumptre "the crackling of stubble which makes the pot bubble." The reference plainly is to the quick blazing up and quick going out of the flame.

Verse 6. - For as the crackling of thorns under a pot. There is a play of words in the Hebrew, "The crackling of sirim under a sir," which Wright expresses by translating, "Like the noise of the nettles under the kettles." In the East, and where wood is scarce, thorns, hay, and stubble are used for fuel (Psalm 58:9; Psalm 120:4; Matthew 6:30). Such materials are quickly kindled, blaze up for a time with much noise, and soon die away (Psalm 118:12). So is the laughter of the fool. The point of comparison is the loud crackling and the short duration of the fire with small results. So the fool's mirth is boisterous and noisy, but comes to a speedy end, and is spent to no good purpose. So in Job (Job 20:5) we have, "The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the godless but for a moment." All this profitless mirth is again nothing but vanity.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

like the crackling
כְק֤וֹל (ḵə·qō·wl)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6963: A voice, sound

of thorns
הַסִּירִים֙ (has·sî·rîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5518: A pot, a thorn, a hook

under
תַּ֣חַת (ta·ḥaṯ)
Preposition
Strong's 8478: The bottom, below, in lieu of

the pot,
הַסִּ֔יר (has·sîr)
Article | Noun - common singular
Strong's 5518: A pot, a thorn, a hook

so
כֵּ֖ן (kên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

is the laughter
שְׂחֹ֣ק (śə·ḥōq)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7814: Laughter, derision, sport

of the fool—
הַכְּסִ֑יל (hak·kə·sîl)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool

this
זֶ֖ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 2088: This, that

too
וְגַם־ (wə·ḡam-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

is futile.
הָֽבֶל׃ (hā·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1892: Emptiness, vanity, transitory, unsatisfactory


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