Proverbs 13:12
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English Standard Version
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

King James Bible
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hope that is deferred afflicteth the soul: desire when it cometh is a tree of life.

English Revised Version
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

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

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

6 Righteousness protecteth an upright walk,

   And godlessness bringeth sinners to destruction.

The double thought is closely like that of Proverbs 11:5, but is peculiarly and almost enigmatically expressed. As there, צדקה and רשׁעה are meant of a twofold inner relation to God, which consists of a ruling influence over man's conduct and a determination of his walk. But instead of naming the persons of the תּמימי דּרך and חטּאים as the objects of this influence, the proverb uses the abstract expression, but with personal reference, תּם־דּרך and חטּאת dna תּם, and designates in two words the connection of this twofold character with the principles of their conduct. What is meant by תּצּר and תּסלּף proceeds from the contrasted relationship of the two (cf. Proverbs 22:12). נצר signifies observare, which is not suitable here, but also tueri (τηρεῖν), to which סלּף (vid., at Proverbs 11:3, and in Gesen. Thesaurus), not so much in the sense of "to turn upside down," pervertere (as Proverbs 11:3; Proverbs 23:8), as in the sense of "to overthrow," evertere (as e.g., Proverbs 21:12), forms a fitting contrast. He who walks forth with an unfeigned and untroubled pure mind stands under the shield and the protection of righteousness (cf. with this prosopopoeia Psalm 25:21), from which such a walk proceeds, and at the same time under the protection of God, to whom righteousness appertains, is well-pleasing. but he who in his conduct permits himself to be determined by sin, godlessness (cf. Zechariah 5:8) from which such a love for sin springs forth, brings to destruction; in other words: God, from whom the רשע, those of a perverse disposition, tear themselves away, makes the sin their snare by virtue of the inner connection established by Him between the רשׁעה and the destruction (Isaiah 9:17). In the lxx this 6th verse was originally wanting; the translation in the version of Aquila, in the Complut. and elsewhere, which the Syr. follows, falsely makes חטאת the subj.: τοὺς δὲ ἀσεβεῖς φαύλους ποιεῖ ἁμαρτία.

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Psalm 42:1-3 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God...

Psalm 69:3 I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psalm 119:81-83 My soul faints for your salvation: but I hope in your word...

Psalm 143:7 Hear me speedily, O LORD: my spirit fails: hide not your face from me, lest I be like to them that go down into the pit.

Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that you 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 has made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me...

Genesis 46:30 And Israel said to Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you are yet alive.

1 Samuel 1:26-28 And she said, Oh my lord, as your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman that stood by you here, praying to the LORD...

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold your face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with your likeness.

Psalm 40:2,3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and established my goings...

Luke 2:29,30 Lord, now let you your servant depart in peace, according to your word...

John 16:22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you.

a tree

Proverbs 3:18 She is a tree of life to them that lay hold on her: and happy is every one that retains her.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that wins souls is wise.

Revelation 22:2 In the middle of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bore twelve manner of fruits...

Cross References
Revelation 2:7
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.'

Proverbs 3:18
She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

Proverbs 13:11
Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Proverbs 13:13
Whoever despises the word brings destruction on himself, but he who reveres the commandment will be rewarded.

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