Proverbs 15:13
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New International Version
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

King James Bible
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Darby Bible Translation
A joyful heart maketh a cheerful countenance; but by sorrow of heart the spirit is broken.

World English Bible
A glad heart makes a cheerful face; but an aching heart breaks the spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
A joyful heart maketh glad the face, And by grief of heart is the spirit smitten.

Proverbs 15:13 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

By sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken - Every kind of sorrow worketh death, but that which is the offspring of true repentance. This alone is healthful to the soul. The indulgence of a disposition to sighing tends to destroy life. Every deep sigh throws off a portion of the vital energy.

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Proverbs 15:15 All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

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Proverbs 12:25 Heaviness in the heart of man makes it stoop: but a good word makes it glad.

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

Nehemiah 2:2 Why the king said to me, Why is your countenance sad, seeing you are not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart...

John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me.

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

2 Corinthians 7:10 For godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world works death.

Library
God, the All-Seeing One
A sermon (No. 177) delivered on Sabbath morning, February 14, 1858 At The Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens by C. H. Spurgeon. "Hell and destruction are before the Lord: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?" -- Proverbs 15:11. You have often smiled at the ignorance of heathens who bow themselves before gods of wood and stone. You have quoted the words of Scripture and you have said, "Eyes have they, but they see not; ears have they, but they hear not." You have therefore argued that
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

How the Humble and the Haughty are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 18.) Differently to be admonished are the humble and the haughty. To the former it is to be insinuated how true is that excellence which they hold in hoping for it; to the latter it is to be intimated how that temporal glory is as nothing which even when embracing it they hold not. Let the humble hear how eternal are the things that they long for, how transitory the things which they despise; let the haughty hear how transitory are the things they court, how eternal the things they
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

An Exposition on the First Ten Chapters of Genesis, and Part of the Eleventh
An unfinished commentary on the Bible, found among the author's papers after his death, in his own handwriting; and published in 1691, by Charles Doe, in a folio volume of the works of John Bunyan. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR Being in company with an enlightened society of Protestant dissenters of the Baptist denomination, I observed to a doctor of divinity, who was advancing towards his seventieth year, that my time had been delightfully engaged with John Bunyan's commentary on Genesis. "What,"
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3

Solomon
In the reign of David and Solomon, Israel became strong among the nations and had many opportunities to wield a mighty influence in behalf of truth and the right. The name of Jehovah was exalted and held in honor, and the purpose for which the Israelites had been established in the Land of Promise bade fair of meeting with fulfillment. Barriers were broken down, and seekers after truth from the lands of the heathen were not turned away unsatisfied. Conversions took place, and the church of God on
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Nehemiah 2:2
so the king asked me, "Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart." I was very much afraid,

Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

Proverbs 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 18:14
The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

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