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 17:22

  • A cheerful heart is a medication
  • this is the verse that makes me know that not having a cheerfull heart makes one sick that 's spell out dries the bone one word cancer and yet Gods word tells me we can be heal from any sickness just by being cheerfull in time of illness thank YOU LORD
  • Moses Njenga for verse 22
    The joy of the LORD is our strength. Guard your heart the devil is a stealer of joy.
  • What a wonderful day! Thank you LORD for filling my day with your presence. Thank you for sending Jesus to save me and your Holy Spirit to guide me. Thank you for my family and friends and Love.
  • Happiness should not be determined by what we go through. Because we have Christ in our lives we would always have that joy and peace even in the midst of troubles and crisis. Thank God for his Word through which we receive healing and sustained health
  • Olabode for verse 22
    The Bible says we should cast all our fears on him for he cares for us. The problems we are facing in this world is what to eat, drink etc. but if we can allow him to have his way, our heart will does good like a medicine. We should forget about worry and anxiety.