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

  • 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.
  • J
    "And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth." Matthew 25:30
  • J
    So while a couple thousand probably came by here and saw a verse speaking obviously about what it is protecting, you are posting up storms volcanoes birds beavers rainbows all sorts of lovely pictures... ashamed of the tree Jesus Christ your saviour wore for your sins... That right there is leading the mass astray for what?? VANITY the fear of men.
  • Merryanne
    I love to read proverbs "
  • MockingBird
    Vanity is a failing of the results designed :diminished is a loss: But when you are laboring with the Lord's help you will increase. Been there ! In the 27 years that I worked : and a lot of the time went through difficult times : God was increasing me more and more !!! It is very rewarding when it is done in the light of the word !!!

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