Proverbs 4:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Proverbs 4:22, NIV: for they are life to those who find them and health to one's whole body.

Proverbs 4:22, ESV: For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

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

Proverbs 4:22, NASB: For they are life to those who find them, And healing to all their body.

Proverbs 4:22, NLT: for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.

Proverbs 4:22, CSB: For they are life to those who find them, and health to one's whole body.

What does Proverbs 4:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse continues to refer to the wise words Solomon is explaining to his son (Proverbs 4:20). As a general rule, vibrant life and good health escape those who violate God's Word. Machines often come with instruction manuals, which detail what the product is or is not designed to do. Those manuals also explain the right way to maintain that equipment. Just as the designer of a machine knows the best way to keep it in good condition, so too does the Designer of mankind know the best way for us to live. Accidents and incidents still occur, but common sense tells us that following "the plan" is the way to avoid unnecessary disaster.

In 1 Timothy 5:6, Paul wrote that the self-indulgent widow "is dead even while she lives." When the wicked choose to go their own way and indulge their sinful passions, their choice does not lead to an enjoyable life or a happy ending. Proverbs 14:12 explains how may think they are following the right path through life, but it leads to death.

The promise of health given here isn't meant to be a magical talisman. But whoever loves and obeys God's Word follows a much healthier lifestyle than those who defy Him. Paul, for instance, wrote that he refused to harm his body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and he wanted to glorify God (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).