A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
A glad heart makes a cheerful face, but by sorrow of heart the spirit is crushed.
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
A man's spirit will endure sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.
Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
my strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to my jaws; you lay me in the dust of death.
For my days pass away like smoke, and my bones burn like a furnace. My heart is struck down like grass and has withered; I forget to eat my bread. Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh.
so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
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