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
  • Dorcas Agunze
    verse 24:Understanding gives birth to wisdom. verse 27:Put a high price on your words.
  • Joseph Jynes for verse 17
    Just as Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was brought into the world to be an example, in the flesh, as how to love your brother, understanding His loyalty even unto death. We then have an perfect example of how to conduct ourselves in the brotherhood.
  • 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