Webster states our laughter is “convulsive merriment.”1
Sometimes We Experience both Laughter and Sorrow
“A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance.” ~Ecclesiastes 3:4 NASB
“Even in laughter the heart may be sorrowful, and mirth may end in heaviness.” ~Proverbs 14:13 WEB
“A heart full of joy and goodness makes a cheerful face, but when a heart is full of sadness the spirit is crushed.” ~Proverbs 15:13 AMP
“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” ~Proverbs 17:22 NASB
We can Feast upon the Lord’s Goodness
“All the days of the afflicted are bad, but a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of the circumstances].” ~Proverbs 15:15 AMP
“You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.” ~Psalm 30:11 WEB
“Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with joyful shouting; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” ~Psalm 126:2 NASB
“Strength and dignity are her clothing. She laughs at the time to come [future].” ~Proverbs 31:25 WEB
The Lord Laughs at the Wicked
“He who sits [enthroned] in the heavens laughs [at their rebellion]; the [Sovereign] Lord scoffs at them [and in supreme contempt He mocks them].” ~Psalm 2:4 AMP
“The Lord laughs at him [the wicked one-the one who oppresses the righteous], for He sees that his day [of defeat] is coming.” ~Psalm 37:13 AMP
1 Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. Retrieved November 17, 2022, from Websters Dictionary 1828 – Webster’s Dictionary 1828 – Laughter
25 Scriptures about Laughter and Joy. Published by KCM. Retrieved November 17, 2022, from 25 Scriptures About Laughter and Joy | Kenneth Copeland Ministries (kcm.org)
100 Bible Verses about Laughter is Like Healing to the Bones. Published by Open Bible. Retrieved November 17, 2022, from What Does the Bible Say About Laughter Is Like Healing To The Bones? (openbible.info)
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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is laugh (laughter).