Proverbs 13:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but 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.

Christian Standard Bible
Hope delayed makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

Contemporary English Version
Not getting what you want can break your heart, but a wish that comes true is a life-giving tree.

Good News Translation
When hope is crushed, the heart is crushed, but a wish come true fills you with joy.

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.

New Heart English Bible
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when longing is fulfilled, it is 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

New American Standard 1977
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Better is he that begins to help heartily, than he that promises and leads another to hope: for a good desire 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.
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
11Dishonest wealth will dwindle, but what is earned through hard work will be multiplied. 12Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 13He who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.…
Cross References
Revelation 2:7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God.

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who lay hold of her are blessed.

Proverbs 13:11
Dishonest wealth will dwindle, but what is earned through hard work will be multiplied.

Proverbs 13:13
He who despises instruction will pay the penalty, but the one who respects a command will be rewarded.

Treasury of Scripture

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

hope

Psalm 42:1-3
To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God…

Psalm 69:3
I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psalm 119:81-83
CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: but I hope in thy word…

when

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 hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me…

Genesis 46:30
And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.

a tree

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Revelation 22:2
In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.







Lexicon
Hope
תּוֹחֶ֣לֶת (tō·w·ḥe·leṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8431: Expectation

deferred
מְ֭מֻשָּׁכָה (mə·muš·šā·ḵāh)
Verb - Pual - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4900: To draw, drag

makes the heart
לֵ֑ב (lêḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

sick,
מַחֲלָה־ (ma·ḥă·lāh-)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2470: To be weak or sick

but desire
תַּאֲוָ֥ה (ta·’ă·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8378: A longing, a delight

fulfilled
בָאָֽה׃ (ḇā·’āh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

is a tree
וְעֵ֥ץ (wə·‘êṣ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6086: Tree, trees, wood

of life.
חַ֝יִּ֗ים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life
(12) A tree of life.--See above, on Proverbs 11:30.

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." 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.
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