Proverbs 13:12

“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hope deferred maketh the heart sicke: but when the desire commeth, it is a tree of life.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life.
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

Hope prolonged is making the heart sick, And a tree of life [is] the coming desire.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Proverbs 13:12


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.


Discussion for Proverbs 13

  • Steve morrow
    PROVERBS 13:2 A MAN SHALL EAT GOOD BY THE FRUIT OF HIS MOUTH BUT THE SOUL OF THE TRANSGRESSORS SHALL EAT VIOLENCE PROVERBS 18:20 A MANS BELLY SHALL BE SATISFIED WITH THE FRUIT OF HIS MOUTH AND WITH THE INCREASE OF HIS LIPS SHALL HE BE FILLED GALATIANS 6:7 --- BE NOT DECEIVED --- GOD IS NOT MOCKED FOR WHATSOEVER A MAN SOWETH THAT SHALL HE ALSO REAP
  • Omojowo oluwafemi joseph
    dispising The Word is exposure to spiritual wickedness which can lead to destruction of life
  • MasterProhet
    The Lord can be delighted in , we can delight ourselves in the Lord. We know that obedience is better than sacrifice.
  • Todd Brawley
    13 3 was an answer. I try to live by that daily
  • Jean Robinson
    Proverbs 13 is a very powerful message that we all should take to heart. I want to make my money honestly.
  • BSP
    Verse 4 shows that Jehovah God wants us to not only have the desire to do more, but to take the actual steps to achieve our goals.

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