New International Version
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
King James Bible
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Darby Bible Translation
A joyful heart promoteth healing; 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.
Young's Literal Translation
A rejoicing heart doth good to the body, And a smitten spirit drieth the bone.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
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.
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LibraryApril 8. "A Merry Heart Doeth Good Like a Medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22).
"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Prov. xvii. 22). King Solomon left among his wise sayings a prescription for sick and sad hearts, and it is one that we can safely take. "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine." Joy is the great restorer and healer. Gladness of spirit will bring health to the bones and vitality to the nerves when all other tonics fail, and all other sedatives cease to quiet. Sick one, begin to rejoice in the Lord, and your bones will flourish like an herb, and your cheeks …
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My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
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