[It is] better to go to the house of mourning
For deceased relations or friends, who either lie unburied, or have been lately inferred; for the Jews kept their mourning for their dead several days afterwards, when their friends visited them in order to comfort them, as the Jews did Martha and Mary, ( John 11:31 ) . So the Targum here,
``it is better to go to a mourning man to comfort him;''for at such times and places the conversation was serious and interesting, and turned upon the subjects of mortality and a future state, and preparation for it; from whence useful and instructive lessons are learned; and so it was much better to be there than to go to the house of feasting:
``than to the house of a feast of wine of scorners;''where there is nothing but noise and clamour, luxury and intemperance, carnal mirth and gaiety, vain and frothy conversation, idle talk and impure songs, and a jest made of true religion and godliness, death and another world; for that [is] the end of all men;
``seeing upon them all is decreed the decree of death;''and the living will lay [it] to his heart;
``their thought is of the way of death.''