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 13:12

  • Jim Mc Govern for verse 12
    hope deferred is Christ absent, but believers consoled by the sent Comforter Holy Ghost during this interval, Christ now in heaven soon to translate all believers from time's origin creation to the present church, Christ the tree of life man's desire Johann Sebastian Bach a devout christian Lutheran believer's most famous cantata JESU JOY OF MAN's DESIRE
  • I agree with "prolonged hope cause discouragement, but when what is hoped for comes to pass... it bring about fruitfulness in the heart.

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