New American Standard Bible
Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.
King James Bible
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
Darby Bible Translation
Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful, and the end of mirth is sadness.
World English Bible
Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.
Young's Literal Translation
Even in laughter is the heart pained, And the latter end of joy is affliction.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Sorrow of some kind either mingles itself with outward joy, or follows hard upon it.
LibrarySatisfied from Self
'... A good man shall be satisfied from himself.'--PROVERBS xiv. 14. At first sight this saying strikes one as somewhat unlike the ordinary Scripture tone, and savouring rather of a Stoical self-complacency; but we recall parallel sayings, such as Christ's words, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water'; and the Apostle's, 'Then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone.' We further note that the text has an antithetic parallel in the preceding clause, where the picture is …
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How the Kindly-Disposed and the Envious are to be Admonished.
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Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom.
I said to myself, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure. So enjoy yourself." And behold, it too was futility.
I said of laughter, "It is madness," and of pleasure, "What does it accomplish?"
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