19 Bible Verses about Laughter

Proverbs 17:22 ESV / 147 helpful votes

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Job 8:21 ESV / 138 helpful votes

He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.

Psalm 126:2 ESV / 108 helpful votes

Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”

Ecclesiastes 3:4 ESV / 79 helpful votes

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Luke 6:21 ESV / 67 helpful votes

“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.

James 5:13 ESV / 44 helpful votes

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

Proverbs 15:15 ESV / 34 helpful votes

All the days of the afflicted are evil, but the cheerful of heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 14:13 ESV / 28 helpful votes

Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.

Psalm 2:4 ESV / 25 helpful votes

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.

Psalm 37:13 ESV / 17 helpful votes

But the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.

Psalm 59:8 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But you, O Lord, laugh at them; you hold all the nations in derision.

Genesis 21:6 ESV / 15 helpful votes

And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.”

Ecclesiastes 10:19 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.

Ecclesiastes 2:2 ESV / 9 helpful votes

I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?”

Matthew 25:21 ESV / 7 helpful votes

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

Ecclesiastes 7:1-29 ESV / 5 helpful votes

A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart. Sorrow is better than laughter, for by sadness of face the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. It is better for a man to hear the rebuke of the wise than to hear the song of fools. ...

Job 30:1-31 ESV / 4 helpful votes

“But now they laugh at me, men who are younger than I, whose fathers I would have disdained to set with the dogs of my flock. What could I gain from the strength of their hands, men whose vigor is gone? Through want and hard hunger they gnaw the dry ground by night in waste and desolation; they pick saltwort and the leaves of bushes, and the roots of the broom tree for their food. They are driven out from human company; they shout after them as after a thief. ...

Genesis 21:4-20 ESV / 4 helpful votes

And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him. And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” And the child grew and was weaned. And Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. ...

Ecclesiastes 7:6 ESV / 1 helpful vote

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

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