New International Version
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing 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.
Darby Bible Translation
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but the desire [that] cometh to pass 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.
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CommentaryClarke'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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LibraryThe Tillage of the Poor
'Much food is in the tillage of the poor.'--PROVERBS xiii. 23. Palestine was a land of small peasant proprietors, and the institution of the Jubilee was intended to prevent the acquisition of large estates by any Israelite. The consequence, as intended, was a level of modest prosperity. It was 'the tillage of the poor,' the careful, diligent husbandry of the man who had only a little patch of land to look after, that filled the storehouses of the Holy Land. Hence the proverb of our text arose. It …
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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.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed.
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it, but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
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