Thursday, September 06, 2007


Just for the heck of it I punched “laugh” into an online Bible concordance. Got ten hits. Gee. Ten whole times the Bible uses the word “laugh” – but in the following senses: rueful laughing, sarcastic laughing, talking about someone who laughed sarcastically, quarreling about the word “laugh,” “Wiping your forehead with relief” laughter, and a at least one case of “Gotcha” laughter”:

Genesis 17:17
Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, "Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?"

Genesis 18:12
So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, "After I am worn out and my master is old, will I now have this pleasure?"

Genesis 18:13
Then the LORD said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Will I really have a child, now that I am old?'

Genesis 18:15
Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, "I did not laugh." But he said, "Yes, you did laugh."

Genesis 21:6
Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." (Laughing because at age ninety you have to go through the pain and danger of childbirth and getting an hours sleep everyday after nursing and changing diapers? Whaddya call this? Sarcasm again maybe?)

Genesis 38:23
Then Judah said, "Let her keep what she has, or we will become a laughingstock. After all, I did send her this young goat, but you didn't find her."

Exodus 32:25
Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. .

Job 5:22
You will laugh at destruction and famine, and need not fear the beasts of the earth.

Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. (The next verse is “Your enemies will be clothed in shame,
and the tents of the wicked will be no more.").

Job 12:4
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called upon God and he answered— a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
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BBC said...

This world would be much better off if people did not read the bible, or the Koran.

This world would be much better off if they did not exist.

You seem like an intelligent woman, so why do you read that crap?

If you want to learn something why not buy a repair manual for your automobile?

One of my bibles is a cookbook.

Athana said...

I read the Bible and Koran for the same reason people read *Mein Kampf*, BBC.

BBC said...

Stop reading and start thinking for yourself. :-)