A merry heart doeth good . . . like a medicine

A merry heart doeth good . . . like a medicine

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“A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance . . .” Proverbs 15:13.  The original Hebrew word for “merry” in this verse is שָׂמֵחַ (sä·mā’·akh ) and means joyful, merry, glad. The word for “heart” is לֵב (lāv) and means the inner man, mind, will, soul, conscience, seat of emotions and passions, heart of moral character. Using these words in their original form, one can re-word the Bible verse to say, “A joyful, merry and glad inner man makes for a cheerful countenance.”

“ . . . he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15. The original Hebrew word in this verse for “merry” is a little different that the one in the previous paragraph. The word here is טוֹב (tōve) and means good, pleasant, agreeable. The word “heart” is the same. So, one can re-word this verse and read it as  “ . . . he that is of a good, pleasant and agreeable mind hath a continual feast,” or in other words is always satisfied.

Then there is perhaps this most well-known of all ⏤

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine . . .” Proverbs 17:22. Using the original Hebrew words for “merry” and “heart” in this verse, one can re-word it rightly by saying, “A joyful, merry and glad emotional being does good like a medicine . . . ”

This last verse describes what Candace Payne was to the woman in this video who had been sick and despondent.  Joanna was sick and dealing with business problems when Nick Isabelle decided to uplift her spirits with this video. As you can tell via the progression of this video, it worked! Note here that it was NOT Nick who became the medicine that Joanna needed, but it was Candace Payne! She was the one who allowed the Joy of The Lord to flow through her to become a medicine of laughter to over 150,000,000 people, including Joanna, in just a few days.


  1. Thank you for sharing Nils! I always love having a merry heart! The times I went without joy were horrible and dark. Jesus died for us to receive that joy back again. Now I have learned I need to play an active part in protecting my heart and mind from negativity. By Gods grace he helps to bring us into a good pasture, full of joy!

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