A Merry Heart Is Like Medicine

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Dishonesty does you no good, and telling lies will get you in trouble (v. 20). The person who becomes the parent of a self-confident fool does it to his sorrow, and the father of such has no joy in him (v. 21). When the heart is filled with joy a man’s whole being is refreshed. When he feels gloomy his whole body hurts (v. 22).


The man of the world may have pleasures for a season but he has to resort to all kinds of things to relieve his uneasiness and rouse his spirits (v. 23). As an example the man of the world will get drunk so he can forget his problems. On the contrary when a child of God remembers who he is in Christ, joy will flood his soul. The man of understanding keeps wisdom at the center of his vision (v. 24). To have brought one into the world someone who throws overboard all restrain brings grief to a father’s heart and bitter disappointment to the mother (v. 25).

To punish an innocent person is an abomination to the Lord (v. 26). This applies either to a leader who punishes a good man or to the people who rebel against the leader because of his uprightness. The man who thinks before he talks is a man of understanding (v. 27). The man who speaks hastily is generally a person whose grasp of things is limited. Even a fool may be thought to be wise if he keeps his mouth shut (v. 28).


I can think of circumstances in my life when I have had joy when other people could not under-stand. On the other hand I can think of other times when I could have expressed joy and didn’t.

Proverbs 17:20-28 (English Standard Version)

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