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Proverbs 14:30 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— A tranquil heart is the life of the flesh; But envy is the rottenness of the bones.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— A tranquil heart is life to the body, But passion is rottenness to the bones.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The life of the whole body, is a tranquil mind, but, a decay of the bones, is jealousy.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— A healed heart [is] life to the flesh, And rottenness to the bones [is] envy.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Soundness of heart is the life of the flesh: but envy is the rottenness of the bones.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— A sound heart, [is] the life of the flesh: but enuie, the rottennesse of the bones.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— A meek-spirited man is a healer of the heart: but a sensitive heart is a corruption of the bones.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— A sound heart [is] the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
A sound 4832
{4832} Prime
From H7495; properly curative, that is, literally (concretely) a medicine, or (abstractly) a cure; figuratively (concretely) deliverance, or (abstractly) placidity.
heart 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
[is] the life 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
of the flesh: 1320
{1320} Prime
From H1319; flesh (from its freshness); by extension body, person; also (by euphemism) the pudenda of a man.
but envy 7068
{7068} Prime
From H7065; jealousy or envy.
the rottenness 7538
{7538} Prime
From H7537; decay (by caries).
of the bones. 6106
{6106} Prime
From H6105; a bone (as strong); by extension the body; figuratively the substance, that is, (as pronoun) selfsame.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 14:30

_ _ A sound heart — both literally and figuratively, a source of health; in the latter sense, opposed to the known effect of evil passions on health.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 14:30

_ _ The foregoing verse showed how much our reputation, this how much our health, depends on the good government of our passions and the preserving of the temper of the mind. 1. A healing spirit, made up of love and meekness, a hearty, friendly, cheerful disposition, is the life of the flesh; it contributes to a good constitution of body; people grow fat with good humour. 2. A fretful, envious, discontented spirit, is its own punishment; it consumes the flesh, preys upon the animal spirits, makes the countenance pale, and is the rottenness of the bones. Those that see the prosperity of others and are grieved, let them gnash with their teeth and melt away, Psalms 112:10.

Rumpatur, quisquis rumpitur invidia.
Whoever bursts for envy, let him burst.
John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 14:30

A sound heart — Free from envy and inordinate passions. Is life — Procures and maintains the health and vigour of the body.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.
Psalms 119:80 Let my heart be sound in thy statutes; that I be not ashamed.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


Job 5:2 For wrath killeth the foolish man, and envy slayeth the silly one.
Psalms 112:10 The wicked shall see [it], and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Acts 7:9 And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him,
Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
James 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?


Proverbs 3:8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman [is] a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed [is] as rottenness in his bones.
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
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Jb 5:2. Ps 112:10; 119:80. Pv 3:8; 4:23; 12:4; 17:22. Ac 7:9. Ro 1:29. 2Ti 1:7. Jm 4:5.

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