Proverbs 18:14
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New International Version
The human spirit can endure in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?

King James Bible
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

Darby Bible Translation
The spirit of a man sustaineth his infirmity; but a broken spirit who can bear?

World English Bible
A man's spirit will sustain him in sickness, but a crushed spirit, who can bear?

Young's Literal Translation
The spirit of a man sustaineth his sickness, And a smitten spirit who doth bear?

Proverbs 18:14 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The spirit of a man will sustain - A man sustains the ills of his body, and the trials of life, by the strength and energy of his mind. But if the mind be scoundrel, if this be cast down, if slow-consuming care and grief have shot the dagger into the soul, what can then sustain the man? Nothing but the unseen God. Therefore, let the afflicted pray. A man's own spirit has, in general, sufficient fortitude to bear up under the unavoidable trials of life; but when the conscience is wounded by sin, and the soul is dying by iniquity, who can lift him up? God alone; for salvation is of the Lord.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 1:20,21 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down on the ground, and worshipped...

Job 2:7-10 So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to his crown...

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience...

Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril...

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom...

2 Corinthians 12:9,10 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness...

James 1:2 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations;

1 Peter 1:6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:


Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.

Job 6:4 For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, the poison whereof drinks up my spirit...

Job 7:14,15 Then you scare me with dreams, and terrify me through visions...

Job 10:15-17 If I be wicked, woe to me; and if I be righteous, yet will I not lift up my head. I am full of confusion...

Psalm 30:9,10 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? shall it declare your truth...

Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long...

Psalm 38:2-4 For your arrows stick fast in me, and your hand presses me sore...

Psalm 42:10,11 As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me; while they say daily to me, Where is your God...

Psalm 55:3,5 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity on me, and in wrath they hate me...

Psalm 77:2,3 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord: my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted...

Psalm 88:14-16 LORD, why cast you off my soul? why hide you your face from me...

Psalm 109:22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Mark 14:33,34 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy...

2 Corinthians 2:7 So that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him...

Two Fortresses
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. 11. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit'--PROVERBS xviii. 10,11. The mere reading of these two verses shows that, contrary to the usual rule in the Book of Proverbs, they have a bearing on each other. They are intended to suggest a very strong contrast, and that contrast is even more emphatic in the original than in our translation; because, as the margin of your Bibles
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Cause and Cure of a Wounded Spirit
A sermon (2494) intended for reading on Lord's Day, December 6th, 1896, delivered by C. H. Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington on Thursday Evening, April 16th, 1885. "The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?"--Proverbs 18:14. Every man sooner or later has some kind of infirmity to bear. It may be that his constitution from the very first will be inclined to certain disease and pains, or possibly he may in passing through life suffer from accident
C.H. Spurgeon—Sermons on Proverbs

"And if Christ be in You, the Body is Dead Because of Sin: but the Spirit is Life Because of Righteousness. "
Rom. viii. 10.--"And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin: but the Spirit is life because of righteousness." "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law," saith our apostle, 1 Cor. xv. 56. These two concur to make man mortal, and these two are the bitter ingredients of death. Sin procured it, and the law appointed it, and God hath seen to the exact execution of that law in all ages; for what man liveth and shall not taste of death? Two only escaped the common
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

The remarkable change which we have noticed in the views of Jewish authorities, from contempt to almost affectation of manual labour, could certainly not have been arbitrary. But as we fail to discover here any religious motive, we can only account for it on the score of altered political and social circumstances. So long as the people were, at least nominally, independent, and in possession of their own land, constant engagement in a trade would probably mark an inferior social stage, and imply
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life

Cross References
Psalm 109:22
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Proverbs 15:13
A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

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