Proverbs 13:12
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New International Version
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

New Living Translation
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

English Standard Version
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

New American Standard Bible
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

King James Bible
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.

International Standard Version
Delayed hope makes the heart ill, but fulfilled longing is a tree of life.

NET Bible
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A man who begins to help is better than he that props up with hope, and the tree of life brings hope.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Delayed hope makes one sick at heart, but a fulfilled longing is a tree of life.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

King James 2000 Bible
Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

American King James Version
Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

American Standard Version
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it cometh is a tree of life.

Darby Bible Translation
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but the desire [that] cometh to pass is a tree of life.

English Revised Version
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Webster's Bible Translation
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

World English Bible
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.

Young's Literal Translation
Hope prolonged is making the heart sick, And a tree of life is the coming desire.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:6. An honest desire to do right, preserves a man from fatal mistakes, better than a thousand fine-drawn distinctions. 7. Some who are really poor, trade and spend as if they were rich: this is sin, and will be shame, and it will end accordingly. Some that are really rich, would be thought to be poor: in this there is want of gratitude to God, want of justice and charity to others. There are many hypocrites, empty of grace, who will not be convinced of their poverty. There are many fearing Christians, who are spiritually rich, yet think themselves poor; by their doubts, and complaints, and griefs, they make themselves poor. 8. Great riches often tempt to violence against those that possess them; but the poor are free from such perils. 9. The light of the righteous is as that of the sun, which may be eclipsed and clouded, but will continue: the Spirit is their Light, he gives a fulness of joy: that of the wicked is as a lamp of their own kindling, easily put out. 10. All contentions, whether between private persons, families, churches, or nations, are begun and carried forward by pride. Disputes would be easily prevented or ended, if it were not for pride. 11. Wealth gotten by dishonesty or vice, has a secret curse, which will speedily waste it. 12. The delay of what is anxiously hoped for, is very painful to the mind; obtaining it is very pleasant. But spiritual blessings are chiefly intended.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - Hope deferred maketh the heart sick. Delay in the accomplishment of some much-desired good occasions sinking of the spirits, languor, and despondence. Many refer this sentence to the impatient longing for heaven which holy men feel, such as we may read in 'De Imitatione,' 3:48, 49, and in the hymns, "For thee, O dear, dear country;" and "We've no abiding city," etc. And St. Paul can exclaim (Romans 7:24), "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (comp. Romans 8:23; Philippians 1:23). Septuagint, "Better is he who taketh in hand to aid with all his heart, than he who promises and raises hopes" (comp. James 2:15, 16). When the desire cometh - when the object of the longing is obtained - it is a tree of life (Proverbs 11:30); there are then no longer languor and despondence, but strength and refreshment and vigorous action. Septuagint, "A good desire is a tree of life."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick,.... That is, the object hoped for; if it is not enjoyed so soon as expected, at least if it is delayed any length of time, the mind becomes uneasy, the heart sinks and fails, and the man is dispirited and ready to despond, and give up all hope of enjoying the desired blessing; whether it be deliverance from any evil, or the possession of any good;

but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life; when that which is hoped and wished for, and has been long expected and desired, comes; when there is an accomplishment of men's wishes, it is as grateful to him as the tree of life was in Eden's garden; it gives him an unspeakable pleasure and delight. This may be applied to many things in a spiritual way, as to the first coming of Christ; and some have thought this is greatly regarded and chiefly intended; this was the object of the hope of Old Testament saints; and it was hoped for on a good foundation, on the promise of God, which was frequently repeated, enlarged, and confirmed; yet this promised and hoped for blessing was deferred a long time; from the first promise of it to its accomplishment were four thousand years; though not deferred longer than the appointed time, yet longer than the saints expected, and which sometimes made their hearts sick; they became weak and feeble, fearful and dispirited, lest it should never come to pass, which occasioned fresh promises and assurances to them; see Isaiah 35:3, Malachi 3:1; but when "the desire" came, Christ the desired object; and who is desirable for the excellencies of his person, his mediatorial qualifications, the work of redemption and salvation he came about, and the blessings he brought with him; and who is the "desire of all nations" that was to come, Haggai 2:7; it was exceeding joyful and delightful to all that expected him, and were looking for redemption in Israel, or Christ; "the coming desire" (i), as it may be rendered, is "a tree of life", or "lives", the author of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal; see Proverbs 3:18. It may be applied also to the spiritual presence of Christ, and communion with him; this is what believers, being sometimes without, hope and wait for; and sometimes it is deferred a long time, at least they think it so, which makes them very uneasy, and even sick of love, as the church was, Sol 5:8; but when what they so earnestly desire is granted them, it is as if they were in Eden's garden, or rather in the paradise above, plucking the fruit of the tree of life: likewise it may be applied to eternal glory and happiness; this is the object of hope in the present state; it is sometimes impatiently expected and desired, and the language of the soul is, "Why is his chariot so long in coming?", "come, Lord Jesus, come quickly", Judges 5:28; and when this desired happiness is enjoyed, how sweet will it be! and the sweeter for having been so much longed and wished for; and when the saints will be in the paradise of God, and eat of the tree of life in the midst of it, and never hunger more.

(i) "desiderium venieus", V. L. Pagninus, Mercerus, Cocceius, Michaelis, Schultens.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

12. desire cometh—is realized.

a tree of life—or, "cause of happiness."

Proverbs 13:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Wise Son Heeds his Father's Instruction
11Wealth obtained by fraud dwindles, But the one who gathers by labor increases it. 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13The one who despises the word will be in debt to it, But the one who fears the commandment will be rewarded.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:7
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.

Proverbs 13:11
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 13:13
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
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