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

  • BSP
    We become like those that we choose to have ongoing association with. This will always be the case so it is wise to make sure that we guard our association with our life.
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 5:5 THE FOOLISH SHALL NOT STAND IN THY SIGHT THOU HATEST --- ALL WORKERS --- OF INIQUITY PROVERBS 26:12 SEEST THOU A MAN WISE IN HIS OWN CONCEIT THERE IS MORE HOPE OF A FOOL THAN OF HIM GALATIANS 3:1 O FOOLISH GALATIANS WHO HATH BEWITCHED YOU THAT YOU SHOULD NOT OBEY THE TRUTH BEFORE WHOSE EYES JESUS CHRIST HATH BEEN EVIDENTLY SET FORTH CRUCIFIED AMONG YOU PROVERBS 10:8 THE WISE IN HEART WILL RECEIVE COMMANDMENTS BUT A PRATING FOOL SHALL FALL 1 PETER 2:15 FOR SO IS THE WILL OF GOD THAT WITH WELL DOING YOU MAY PUT TO SILENCE THE IGNORANCE OF FOOLISH MEN GALATIANS 6:9 AND LET US NOT BE WEARY IN WELL DOING FOR IN DUE SEASON WE SHALL REAP --- IF --- WE FAINT NOT
  • Dan the Man
    Hope deferred maketh the heart sick, but when the desire cometh it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

    Great verse on having dreams, aspirations, goals, and other such things. ACTION! ACTION PRODUCES DESIRE! ACTION PERSUADES THE HEART! I'm shooting for a beautiful and healthy neuroplastic forest. Trees are so cool. Rainbow Eucalyptus, Larch, White Birch, Myrtle are some of my favorites.
  • Thomas Edward Hale
    Proverbs 13:13 and all the people shall say Amen Psalm 115 and when victory is not in sight fight onward Christian soldiers
  • Ukim Bassey
    Say very little or nothing at all, and you'll hardly fall into trouble, but talk always and one day you'll destroy your life with your mouth.
  • 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

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