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

  • Charlie
    Amen to Mockingbird on verse 22 along with Eric on the same verse. So true and Also verse 20 comment from Leonard. I couldn't t have said it better. There is soooo much truth in what Leonard said. It hit home this day for me. Thanks y'all for all the wonderful comments. May our Lord and Savior Jesus THE Christ continue in our hearts this day until the day of Redemption. We will be together 1day.
  • William Lambert
    Verse 8 seems to be a little ambiguous but I take it to mean as the eye (or the reflection of the soul) being the precious stone in it's marvelous beauty and perfect character, the gift.
  • 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!