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Proverbs 18:14

    Proverbs 18:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The spirit of a man will be his support when he is ill; but how may a broken spirit be lifted up?

    Webster's Revision

    The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; But a broken spirit who can bear?

    World English Bible

    A man's spirit will sustain him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

    Clarke's Commentary on Proverbs 18:14

    The spirit of a man will sustain - A man sustains the ills of his body, and the trials of life, by the strength and energy of his mind. But if the mind be scoundrel, if this be cast down, if slow-consuming care and grief have shot the dagger into the soul, what can then sustain the man? Nothing but the unseen God. Therefore, let the afflicted pray. A man's own spirit has, in general, sufficient fortitude to bear up under the unavoidable trials of life; but when the conscience is wounded by sin, and the soul is dying by iniquity, who can lift him up? God alone; for salvation is of the Lord.

    Barnes' Notes on Proverbs 18:14

    Infirmity - Bodily pain or trouble. "Spirit" in the Hebrew text is masculine in the first clause, feminine in the second, as though used in the latter as having lost its strength.

    Wesley's Notes on Proverbs 18:14

    18:14 Sustain - Will easily support him under any outward troubles. Wounded - Dejected with the sense of its own guilt and misery.