The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.
The expectation of the man who has his portion in this life is continually deteriorating; for every hour brings him nearer to the loss of all his treasures. But "the good hope through grace" is always approaching its realities, and therefore grows with the lapse of time more valuable and more lively. As it is spiritual in its quality, and heavenly in its object, it does not depend on outward things, and is not affected with the decays of nature. Like the Glastonbury thorn, it blossoms in the depth of winter. The hope of the one is a treasure out at interest which is continually augmenting; that of the other resembles stock, the capital of which has been continually invaded, until the last pound is ready to be consumed.
(H. G. Salter.)
Parallel VersesKJV: The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.