Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.
– Proverbs 15:30

The light of the eyes and a good report go together in this proverb. The image portrayed is of the cheerful face of one bringing good news. A happy look can denote favor (Proverbs 16:15). The word for rejoiceth means to brighten. The expression, maketh the bones fat, means good health and prosperity generally (Proverbs 3:8; 16:24). The point of the proverb is the good effect produced in those who hear good words (Proverbs 25:25). It can be viewed as medicinal, restorative, or even curative (Proverbs 12:25; 17:22). It is a wisdom lesson on the power of words and the right use of them.

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Proverbs 13:17

A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.
– Proverbs 13:17

Relying on an unreliable messenger brings many troubles upon you. The slothful messenger is a serious irritation (Proverbs 10:26) and a foolish messenger does more harm than good, as far accomplishing your purpose is concerned (Proverbs 26:6). Here a wicked messenger causes you trouble, or plunges you into it. The contrast is with the faithful ambassador, or messenger. The word for health has the idea of being curative and so, helpful. The faithful messenger is also presented as being refreshing to the one who sent him (Proverbs 25:13).

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Proverbs 12:18

There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.
– Proverbs 12:18

Wisdom teaches words are powerful (Proverbs 18:21). The contrast of this proverb is between the power for bad and the power for good. The word for speaketh means babble and indicates rash, hasty speech like that prompted by anger. The piercings of a sword speak of a wound from stabbing. Rash and angry words are wounding, and sometimes deeply so (Proverbs 25:18). The contrasted words are wise words. Wise words are honest and just (Proverbs 24:26). Wise words are calm and measured (Proverbs 10:19; 15:1). Wise words are also appropriate for the season (Proverbs 15:23). The word for health means a curative, i.e. a medicine. Thus, wise words are also wholesome, nourishing, life-giving (Proverbs 10:21; 16:24).

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Proverbs 4:22

For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
– Proverbs 4:22

Wisdom keeps men from the destructiveness of the path of wickedness. Wisdom brings a wholeness and soundness to life on earth. Wisdom also brings spiritual life that delivers from death. Life and health are here seen as good rewards of wisdom and good reason to incline the ear, keep the sayings in the heart, and keep them before the eyes.

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