I recently did a study on Proverbs 14:30 that I would like to share with you. But first a little story to give you a picture of the capabilities of our God-given minds.
I saw a story about a man from England recently. He is autistic. But he can just look at something and draw it accurately.
He took a helicopter ride over London one day, and when he got back, he drew the city from memory as he saw it from the air. It was amazing. Everything was accurate, right down to the number of windows in the buildings. He just starts in the middle of the paper and draws outward. No preliminary sketching or measurements.
Just to prove it was not a one-time deal, they flew him over Rome and he did the same thing again.
God can do so much. Look at what he did with this man's mind. He has made all of our minds very powerful. We can do way more than we think we can if we just try.
Let's look into this a bit further. The first part of Proverbs 23:7 says "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he..." This means that what you truly think and believe in your heart is how you will be. This is what limits us. Not circumstances, who your parents are, where you live, your job or any other factor. It's what we think about ourselves.
If you think you are a failure, then that's what you'll be. But if you think you can be a success at whatever you desire, then that's what you'll be. It works the same in both directions, good and bad.This is God's word on the subject, and it is absolute truth.
With that established, let's look at Proverbs 14:30 and study it out. It says "A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones."
I used Strong's Concordance to get the Hebrew meanings of the words to this Proverb. All the words in the King James version of the Bible are in there. They have a number assigned to them so you can look up the Hebrew or Greek word that it was translated from. I will put those numbers in parenthesis after each word we are studying. We will look at each word individually and then tie them all together at the end. Stay with it. You'll be glad you did.
The word 'sound' (4832) was translated from a word with several meanings, as were most of the words from the original text (Hebrew). It meant : curative, healing, a medicine, remedy, deliverance, placidity. This word came from a root word (7495) meaning heal, make whole.
Next is the word 'heart' (3820). It's meanings were : heart, feelings, will, intellect, regard or regarded themselves. This word came from a root word (3824) meaning; bethink themselves. This ties in with Proverbs 23:7 that I mentioned earlier: "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he".
The word 'life' (2416) could mean: alive, fresh, strong, life, wild beast, be old, running, springing, maintenance, merry. This came from a root word (2421) meaning: to live, make alive, give life, promise life, nourish up, preserve, recover, repair, restore, revive, be whole. Look at all those meanings. They are really encouraging and powerful! The one that initially seems kind of out of place to me is 'wild beast'. But after I thought about it, it made sense. A wild beast is VERY full of life and energy.
Next is 'flesh' (1320), meaning : flesh (from it's freshness), body, person, self, skin, man, mankind. The root word (1319) meant: be fresh, rosy, cheerful, to announce glad news, messenger, preach, publish, show forth, tell good tidings.
The word 'envy' (7068) meant : jealousy. It's from a root word (7065) meaning: be, or make zealous in a bad way, envious. An example would be the zeal that terrorists have. It is zeal that's used in a bad way, for bad purposes. They are angry inside and it's destroying them from the inside out.
Now let's look at the word 'rottenness' (7538). It can mean : decay (by caries) or rottenness. Caries is defined as decay and crumbling of a tooth or bone. The root word for this (7537) meant : decay, as by worm eating or rot.
And lastly, the word 'bones' (6106) meaning : a bone (as strong), the body, the substance, life.
So after studying all of these words, I have a more complete understanding of this Proverb. Here's my way of stating it in modern terms:
If you will "bethink" and regard yourself as healed, made whole, delivered and at peace, it will give freshness to and make alive (see the meanings of the word 'life' above) your flesh, your body, your skin and mankind; but if you are envious or make yourself zealous in a bad way for jealousy's sake, it will decay and rot your bones, your body, your substance and your very life.
So if all you think about all the time is negative (what you lack, or what others have that you don't, etc.) that's what you'll get. You can actually worry yourself into sickness and poverty. Remember Proverbs 23:7.
Instead, think of and regard yourself as whole, delivered, at peace, successful and healed. Watch the words of your mouth. Flush out the garbage of the world with the water of the Word of God.
I encourage you to dig into Proverbs and find more verses that apply to your situation. There are treasures beyond measure in God's Word. But you have to dig them out for yourself.
Proverbs 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 17:22- A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 17:24- Wisdom is before him that has understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
Mitch Ferguson, April 26, 2010