Proverbs 15:13-15

13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.

Proverbs 15:13 in Other Translations

KJV
13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
ESV
13 A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
NLT
13 A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
MSG
13 A cheerful heart brings a smile to your face; a sad heart makes it hard to get through the day.
CSB
13 A joyful heart makes a face cheerful, but a sad heart [produces] a broken spirit.

Proverbs 15:13-15 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO FIRST KINGS 5

This chapter relates Solomon's preparation for building the temple: on Hiram, king of Tyre, sending a congratulatory letter to him, he returned another to him, signifying his intention to build an house for God, and requesting him to supply him with timber, and men to work it, 1Ki 5:1-6; to which Hiram readily agreed, and sent him cedar and fir, and Solomon in return sent him food for his household; and things went on very amicably between them, 1Ki 5:7-12; the chapter concludes with an account of Solomon's workmen, where, how, and in what they were employed, 1Ki 5:13-18.

Proverbs 15:13-15 In-Context

11 Death and Destruction lie open before the LORD— how much more do human hearts!
12 Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.
13 A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
14 The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
15 All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORDthan great wealth with turmoil.
17 Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.

Cross References 4

  • 1. ver 15
  • 2. S Proverbs 12:25; Proverbs 17:22; Proverbs 18:14
  • 3. Proverbs 18:15
  • 4. ver 13
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