Just like Ren and Stimpy’s “Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy” song, we often figure that these two words go hand in hand (and after I looked up the lyrics to the verses, I don’trecommend YouTubing the song). Even the dictionary names the words “happy” and “joy” as synonyms for each other. And yet, the Bible seems to focus much more on joy than it does happiness. According to Biblegateway, in the New International Version of the Bible, the word joy (or some form of it) is mentioned 244 times. The word “happy?” A mere 20.
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