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

  • 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.
  • BSP
    Verse 17 talks about what it means to be a true friend. Jehovah God proves to be the best example of this scripture. He is so patient and loving with us at all times even though we don't deserve it.
  • A disciple
    "He that hath knowledge spares his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit. Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding." Being excited to learn is good; but it takes proof by experience to teach others. My Dad used to tell me, It's better to be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
  • A disciple
    "A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causes shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren." In Matthew 8:11-12, as in many other places, the warning is clearly, that name and privilege does not give anyone a free pass, regardless of moral character. The fact that the Jews as a people have generally rejected Jesus, and that the Gentiles have received Him, shows this!
  • Mr. Smith
    vs 2, Wise servant/shameful son (see Eccl. 10:7). The servant operating out of the authority of his imagination (heart) will rule (have power) over a son operating from the sense realm (human lusts, ie. prodigal son, Luke 15). The person that discovers their divine position (Ps. 82:6, John 10:34) will share the inheritance (blessings) along with other like-minded (Gal. 3:29) in Christ.