Proverbs 17:22

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A merrie heart doth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A cheerful heart is a good medicine; But a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A glad heart makes a healthy body, but a crushed spirit makes the bones dry.
- Basic English Bible

A joyful heart promoteth healing; but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.
- Darby Bible

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
- Webster's Bible

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

A rejoicing heart doth good to the body, And a smitten spirit drieth the bone.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A merry heart is a good medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 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.


Discussion for Proverbs 17

  • MockingBird for verse 22
    No matter the circumstances we go through : We can always have a merry heart although outward circumstances say different : It is our medicine : The Joy of the Lord is our strength : Laughter also doeth Good like a medicine : So now we have our prescriptions filled today and can know that when we take them we are healed : Our seemly broken spirit is healed and our bones are moistened with marrow and fatness !!! Yes !! Amen !!
  • Byram Madison for verse 8
    I think the gift is a bribe, and it's a precious stone in his eyes because wherever he uses it, it will work it prospereth
  • A cheerful heart is a medication
  • Jennifer Brown
    This chapter was awesome I really enjoyed it. this chapter open my eyes. To some things I really didn 't understand
  • Leonard for verse 20
    Some people feast on complaining about every thing, they look for the bad in the good instead of the good in the bad!
  • better to meet that bear than to lie about me and take my child away!