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Proverbs 17:22

    Proverbs 17:22 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.

    Webster's Revision

    A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

    World English Bible

    A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A merry heart is a good medicine: but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 17:22

    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine - Instead of גהה gehah, a medicine, it appears that the Chaldee and Syriac had read in their copies גוה gevah, the body, as they translate in this way. This makes the apposition here more complete: "A merry heart doeth good to the body; but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Nothing has such a direct tendency to ruin health and waste out life as grief, anxiety, fretfulness, bad tempers, etc. All these work death.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 17:22

    Doeth good like a medicine - Better, worketh a good healing. Omit "like."

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 17:22

    17:22 Doth good - Even to the body; it contributes much to bodily health and vigour. Drieth - Wastes the marrow of the bones, and the moisture and strength of the body.

    Verses Related to Proverbs 17:22

    1 Corinthians 6:10 - Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    Proverbs 28:27 - He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
    Philippians 3:12 - Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.