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Proverbs 13:12

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but the desire [that] cometh to pass is a tree of life.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Hope deferred, sickeneth the heart,—but, a tree of life, is desire fulfilled.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Hope prolonged is making the heart sick, And a tree of life [is] the coming desire.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it cometh, is a tree of life.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— The hope that is deferred, is the fainting of the heart: but when the desire commeth, it is as a tree of life.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sicke: but [when] the desire commeth, [it is] a tree of life.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— Blessed is the man who is willing to help; more blessed is he than he who merely rests in hope, as a tree of life he bears fruit.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— 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.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Hope 8431
{8431} Prime
From H3176; expectation.
deferred 4900
{4900} Prime
A primitive root; to draw, used in a great variety of applications (including to sow, to sound, to prolong, to develop, to march, to remove, to delay, to be tall, etc.).
<8794> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 194
maketh the heart 3820
{3820} Prime
A form of H3824; the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the centre of anything.
sick: 2470
{2470} Prime
A primitive root (compare H2342, H2490); properly to be rubbed or worn; hence (figuratively) to be weak, sick, afflicted; or (causatively) to grieve, make sick; also to stroke (in flattering), entreat.
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
but [when] the desire 8378
{8378} Prime
From H0183 (abbreviated); a longing; by implication a delight (subjectively satisfaction, objectively a charm).
cometh, 935
{0935} Prime
A primitive root; to go or come (in a wide variety of applications).
<8802> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 5386
[it is] a tree 6086
{6086} Prime
From H6095; a tree (from its firmness); hence wood (plural sticks).
of life. 2416
{2416} Prime
From H2421; alive; hence raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Proverbs 13:12

_ _ desire cometh — is realized.

_ _ a tree of life — or, “cause of happiness.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Proverbs 13:12

_ _ Note, 1. Nothing is more grievous than the disappointment of a raised expectation, though not in the thing itself by a denial, yet in the time of it by a delay: Hope deferred makes the heart sick and languishing, fretful and peevish; but hope quite dashed kills the heart, and the more high the expectation was raised the more cutting is the frustration of it. It is therefore our wisdom not to promise ourselves any great matters from the creature, not to feed ourselves with any vain hopes from this world, lest we lay up matter for our own vexation; and what we do hope for let us prepare to be disappointed in, that, if it should prove so, it may prove the easier; and let us not be hasty. 2. Nothing is more grateful than to enjoy that, at last, which we have long wished and waited for: When the desire does come it puts men into a sort of paradise, a garden of pleasure, for it is a tree of life. It will aggravate the eternal misery of the wicked that their hopes will be frustrated; and it will make the happiness of heaven the more welcome to the saints that it is what they have earnestly longed for as the crown of their hopes.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Proverbs 13:12

Hope deferred — Delays in obtaining what a man passionately desires. The desire — The good desired. A tree of life — It is satisfactory, and reviving.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Psalms 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. ... My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where [is] thy God?
Psalms 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
Psalms 119:81-83 CAPH. My soul fainteth for thy salvation: [but] I hope in thy word. ... For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; [yet] do I not forget thy statutes.
Psalms 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
Song of Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye 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 hath made me to laugh, [so that] all that hear will laugh with me. ... And she said, Who would have said unto Abraham, that Sarah should have given children suck? for I have born [him] a son in his old age.
Genesis 46:30 And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou [art] yet alive.
1 Samuel 1:26-28 And she said, Oh my lord, [as] thy soul liveth, my lord, I [am] the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the LORD. ... Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. And he worshipped the LORD there.
Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Psalms 40:2-3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, [and] established my goings. ... And he hath put a new song in my mouth, [even] praise unto our God: many shall see [it], and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Luke 2:29-30 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: ... For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
John 16:22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.

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.
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Gn 21:6; 46:30. 1S 1:26. Ps 17:15; 40:2; 42:1; 69:3; 119:81; 143:7. Pv 3:18; 11:30; 13:19. So 5:8. Lk 2:29. Jn 16:22. Rv 22:2.

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