What Does the Bible Say About Having Fun? 7 Powerful Verses


Ecclesiastes 2:24

ESV“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God”
KJV“There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.”
NASB“There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God.”
NIV“A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God”
NLT“So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God.”

Proverbs 15:13

ESV“A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.”
KJV“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”
NASB“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, But when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken.”
NIV“A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.”
NLT“A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.”

Proverbs 17:22

ESV“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
KJV“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
NASB“A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.”
NIV“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
NLT“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

ESV“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
KJV“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
NASB“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
NIV“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
NLT“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Psalms 149:3

ESV“Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!”
KJV“Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.”
NASB“Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.”
NIV“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.”
NLT“Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.”

Luke 15:24

ESVFor this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate.
KJVFor this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
NASBfor this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
NIVFor this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
NLTfor this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

2 Samuel 6:16

ESV“As the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, and she despised him in her heart.”
KJV“And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.”
NASB“Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.”
NIV“As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.”
NLT“But as the Ark of the LORD entered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looked down from her window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she was filled with contempt for him.”

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