Proverbs 13:19
New International Version
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.

New Living Translation
It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools refuse to turn from evil to attain them.

English Standard Version
A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but to turn away from evil is an abomination to fools.

Berean Study Bible
Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is detestable to fools.

New American Standard Bible
Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil.

King James Bible
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Christian Standard Bible
Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but to turn from evil is detestable to fools.

Contemporary English Version
It's a good feeling to get what you want, but only a stupid fool hates to turn from evil.

Good News Translation
How good it is to get what you want! Stupid people refuse to turn away from evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but to turn from evil is an abomination to fools.

International Standard Version
Fulfilled longing is sweet to the soul, but avoiding evil is detestable to the fool.

NET Bible
A desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools abhor turning away from evil.

New Heart English Bible
Longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
An honorable desire will be sweet to the soul and the defilement of the evil is removed from knowledge.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fulfilled desire is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is disgusting to fools.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; And it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

New American Standard 1977
Desire realized is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

King James 2000 Bible
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

American King James Version
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

American Standard Version
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The desires of the godly gladden the soul, but the works of the ungodly are far from knowledge.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The desire that is accomplished, delighteth the soul: fools hate them that flee from evil things.

Darby Bible Translation
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul; but it is abomination to the foolish to depart from evil.

English Revised Version
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

World English Bible
Longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but fools detest turning from evil.

Young's Literal Translation
A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, And an abomination to fools is: Turn from evil.
Study Bible
A Father's Discipline
18Poverty and shame come to him who ignores discipline, but whoever heeds correction will be honored. 19Desire fulfilled is sweet to the soul, but turning from evil is detestable to fools. 20He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.…
Cross References
Proverbs 13:18
Poverty and shame come to him who ignores discipline, but whoever heeds correction will be honored.

Proverbs 13:20
He who walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.

Treasury of Scripture

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul: but it is abomination to fools to depart from evil.

the desire

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

1 Kings 1:48
And also thus said the king, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which hath given one to sit on my throne this day, mine eyes even seeing it.

Psalm 21:1,2
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice! …

it is

Proverbs 29:27
An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.

depart

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:6,17
By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil…

Job 28:28
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.







Lexicon
Desire
תַּאֲוָ֣ה (ta·’ă·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8378: A longing, a delight

fulfilled
נִ֭הְיָה (nih·yāh)
Verb - Nifal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

is sweet
תֶּעֱרַ֣ב (ṯe·‘ĕ·raḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6149: To be sweet or pleasing

to the soul,
לְנָ֑פֶשׁ (lə·nā·p̄eš)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

but turning
ס֣וּר (sūr)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 5493: To turn aside

from evil
מֵרָֽע׃ (mê·rā‘)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

is detestable
וְתוֹעֲבַ֥ת (wə·ṯō·w·‘ă·ḇaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol

to fools.
כְּ֝סִילִ֗ים (kə·sî·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3684: Stupid fellow, dullard, fool
(19) But it is abomination to fools . . .--That is, though their clinging to evil prevents the attainment of such objects as are worth desiring. If the verse be interpreted "therefore it is abomination," &c, the sense will be, "because the satisfaction of desire is pleasant, therefore fools will not give up anything, though evil, on which they have set their minds."

Verse 19. - The desire accomplished (comp. ver. 12). This is usually taken to mean the desire of what is good and honest, when it is fulfilled and realized, is a source of highest joy and comfort to the wise. Septuagint, "The desires of the pious are sweet to the soul." But it is abomination to fools to depart from evil. The antithesis is not very obvious, but it may be: it is sweet to a good man to obtain his wish; but for a wicked man to leave, to abandon evil to which he clings so fondly, is a detestable alternative. Or the latter clause may mean that the wicked will not give up the evil which makes the satisfaction of their desire impossible. But it is best to take the first clause as a general statement, viz. the satisfaction of desire is pleasant to all men; then the latter member gives a special case and will signify, "For the sake of this pleasure bad men will not give up their evil wishes and plans; they will pursue what they have set their heart upon because they hate the idea of foregoing their evil designs." Septuagint, "The deeds of sinners are far from knowledge," i.e. from practical wisdom, prudence, and piety. The Vulgate introduces quite another thought, "Fools abhor those who flee from evil." Compare the passage in Wisd. 2, concerning the sinner's hatred of the good. 13:14. The rule by which the wise regulate their conduct, is a fountain yielding life and happiness. 15. The way of sinners is hard upon others, and hard to the sinner himself. The service of sin is slavery; the road to hell is strewed with the thorns and thistles that followed the curse. 16. It is folly to talk of things of which we know nothing, and to undertake what we are no way fit for. 17. Those that are wicked, and false to Christ and to the souls of men, do mischief, and fall into mischief; but those that are faithful, find sound words healing to others and to themselves. 18. He that scorns to be taught, will certainly be brought down. 19. There are in man strong desires after happiness; but never let those expect any thing truly sweet to their souls, who will not be persuaded to leave their sins. 20. Multitudes are brought to ruin by bad company. And all that make themselves wicked will be destroyed. 21. When God pursues sinners he is sure to overtake them; and he will reward the righteous. 22. The servant of God who is not anxious about riches, takes the best method of providing for his children. 23. The poor, yet industrious, thrive, though in a homely manner, while those who have great riches are often brought to poverty for want of judgment. 24. He acts as if he hated his child, who, by false indulgence, permits sinful habits to gather strength, which will bring sorrow here, and misery hereafter. 25. It is the misery of the wicked, that even their sensual appetites are always craving. The righteous feeds on the word and ordinances, to the satisfying of his soul with the promises of the gospel, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Bread of life.
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