Proverbs 14:30

“A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A sound heart, is the life of the flesh: but enuie, the rottennesse of the bones.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; But envy is the rottenness of the bones.
- American Standard Version (1901)

A quiet mind is the life of the body, but envy is a disease in the bones.
- Basic English Bible

A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones.
- Darby Bible

A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
- Webster's Bible

The life of the body is a heart at peace, but envy rots the bones.
- World English Bible

A healed heart [is] life to the flesh, And rottenness to the bones [is] envy.
- Youngs Literal Bible

A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; but envy is the rottenness of the bones.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 14:30


14:30 A sound heart - Free from envy and inordinate passions. Is life - Procures and maintains the health and vigour of the body.


Discussion for Proverbs 14

  • Jerry
    "The backslider in heart..." for all have sinned...you won't "QUIT" sinning til the day you die! So in this sense, we all backslid to a certain extend! But we shouldn't stay here in a backslidden condition too long... we should just confess our sins and get right with the Lord.
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 14: "Backslider", better rendered, "hypocrite, deceiver, pretender", may say the right things to appear to be something he isn't, is ruled by the senses, therefore will reap what is truly inside produced by his own wicked imagination. The "good man", ie. the person ruled by the Holy Spirit, will bring forth the good things which his own imagination produces. Matt.12:35
  • Steve
    We are living in the Church age so we are saved by Paul's Gospel 1Corinthians 15: 1-4 The old testament saints were not saved the same way we are because JESUS had not died yet. When they died they went to Abrahams bosom because they could not go to heaven yet because the blood of bulls and goats could not pay for their sin. It was not until JESUS died on the cross that all our sin was paid
  • Irene123
    To Brianna - I really liked that - don't believe everything one hears about God and His Word, but search it out - Jn. 5:39; Acts 17:11. Something else interesting here: Jesus wasn't talking about the N.T. scriptures because they weren't written then; He referred to the O.T. Jesus and salvation are all thru the Old; that's what the old was all about.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 15
    The practical wisdom found in the Bible truly surpasses human thinking. This verse can be applied to so many aspects of our lives. There are so many religions and teachings, and sometimes people never research. However, this verse tells us not to believe everything we hear. Rather, THINK and research to make sure it is true.
  • Phakamani Ngema for verse 12
    This verse is based on Christians decision making, there are decisions a man does he she may think it is good but at the end he she will find hm self in danger.

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