Proverbs 13:12

NET ©

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is like a tree of life.

NIV ©

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

NASB ©

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

NLT ©

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.

MSG ©

Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around.

BBE ©

Hope put off is a weariness to the heart; but when what is desired comes, it is a tree of life.

NRSV ©

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

NKJV ©

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

KJV
Hope
<08431>
deferred
<04900> (8794)
maketh the heart
<03820>
sick
<02470> (8688)_:
but [when] the desire
<08378>
cometh
<0935> (8802)_,
[it is] a tree
<06086>
of life
<02416>_.
HEBREW
hab
<0935>
hwat
<08378>
Myyx
<02416>
Uew
<06086>
bl
<03820>
hlxm
<02470>
hksmm
<04900>
tlxwt (13:12)
<08431>
LXXM
kreisswn
<2908>  
A-NSM
enarcomenov
 
V-PMPNS
bohywn
<997>  
V-PAPNS
kardia
<2588>  
N-DSF
tou
<3588>  
T-GSM
epaggellomenou
 
V-PMPGS
kai
<2532>  
CONJ
eiv
<1519>  
PREP
elpida
<1680>  
N-ASF
agontov
<71>  
V-PAPGS
dendron
<1186>  
N-NSN
gar
<1063>  
PRT
zwhv
<2222>  
N-GSF
epiyumia
<1939>  
N-NSF
agayh
<18>  
A-NSF
NET © [draft] ITL
Hope
<08431>
deferred
<04900>
makes the heart
<03820>
sick
<02470>
, but a longing
<08378>
fulfilled
<0935>
is like a tree
<06086>
of life
<02416>
.
NET © Notes

sn The word “hope” (תּוֹחֶלֶת [tokhelet] from יָחַל [yakhal]) also has the implication of a tense if not anxious wait.

tn The verb is the Pual participle from מָשַׁךְ (mashakh,“to draw; to drag”).

sn Failure in realizing one’s hopes can be depressing or discouraging. People can bear frustration only so long (W. G. Plaut, Proverbs, 153).

tn Heb “a desire that comes”; cf. CEV “a wish that comes true.”

tn The comparative “like” does not appear in the Hebrew text, but is implied by the metaphor; it is supplied for the sake of clarity.