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

  • Cynthia F Gilstrap
    God is good. Praise him for he is worthy of praise. Now about proverbs 17-Its best to keep mouth shut. Thank the Lord and give thanks for all things. It seems the less you say the better.
  • BSP
    Verse 27: A wise person will chose his or her words carefully and not speak too much.
  • Mable
    Verse 14. I think It means when strife is started from letting your mouth loose(letteth water) means from loose tongue. Brings (contention)meaning brings tention to your lips and out your tongue, it starts off a meddling you will be messed with. Off that. So basically stop talking
  • Betty Hayes
    A proverb , a day help us keep the devil away. The devil comes in different shapes and forms to get us off course, when we least expect. The world check the horoscope daily, but we can check proverb daily on how to run our day and please literally do it. What ever the date, read that chapter, so today is 9-17, we read chapter 17, and on and on, when month short or long keep with the date. Shalom
  • BSP
    Verse 5: If we were to rejoice at calamities then we would suffer punishment from God.
  • BSP
    Verse 22: hope is good medicine for us as it can give us something to look forward to and make us happy at heart.