Hope prolonged is making the heart sick, And a tree of life is the coming desire.
Proverbs 13:12 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick - When once a good is discovered, want of it felt, strong desire for the possession excited, and the promise of attainment made on grounds unsuspected, so that the reality of the thing and the certainity of the promise are manifest, hope posts forward to realize the blessing. Delay in the gratification pains the mind; the increase of the delay prostrates and sickens the heart; and if delay sickens the heart, ultimate disappointment kills it. But when the thing desired, hoped for, and expected comes, it is a tree of life, עץ חיים ets chaiyim, "the tree of lives;" it comforts and invigorates both body and soul. To the tree of lives, in the midst of the gardens of paradise, how frequent are the allusions in the writings of Solomon, and in other parts of the Holy Scriptures! What deep, and perhaps yet unknown, mysteries were in this tree!
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Psalm 42:1-3 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God...
Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Psalm 119:81-83 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word...
Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.
Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you tell him, that I am sick of love.
Proverbs 13:19 The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.
Genesis 21:6,7 And Sarah said, God has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me...
Genesis 46:30 And Israel said to Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are yet alive.
1 Samuel 1:26-28 And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD...
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness.
Psalm 40:2,3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings...
Luke 2:29,30 Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace, according to your word...
John 16:22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you.
Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her.
Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.
Revelation 22:2 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits...
Proverbs 13:12 Parallel CommentariesDeferred Desire Desired Fulfilled Heart Hope Longing Makes Maketh Making Prolonged Sick Tree WearinessDeferred Desire Desired Fulfilled Heart Hope Longing Makes Maketh Making Prolonged Sick Tree WearinessTHE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica®.
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