Monday, April 12, 2010

Proverbs 13:12


source


Proverbs 13:12

ASV~ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick; But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
NIV~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
KJV~ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick : but when the desire cometh , it is a tree of life.
ESV~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
NAS~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.

That is, the object hoped for; if it is not enjoyed so soon as expected, at least if it is delayed any length of time, the mind becomes uneasy, the heart sinks and fails, and the man is dispirited and ready to despond, and give up all hope of enjoying the desired blessing; whether it be deliverance from any evil, or the possession of any good;
but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life;
when that which is hoped and wished for, and has been long expected and desired, comes; when there is an accomplishment of men's wishes, it is as grateful to him as the tree of life was in Eden's garden; it gives him an unspeakable pleasure and delight.

Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible
Note, 1. Nothing is more grievous than the disappointment of a raised expectation, though not in the thing itself by a denial, yet in the time of it by a delay: Hope deferred makes the heart sick and languishing, fretful and peevish; but hope quite dashed kills the heart, and the more high the expectation was raised the more cutting is the frustration of it. It is therefore our wisdom not to promise ourselves any great matters from the creature, not to feed ourselves with any vain hopes from this world, lest we lay up matter for our own vexation; and what we do hope for let us prepare to be disappointed in, that, if it should prove so, it may prove the easier; and let us not be hasty.
2. Nothing is more grateful than to enjoy that, at last, which we have long wished and waited for: When the desire does come it puts men into a sort of paradise, a garden of pleasure, for it is a tree of life. It will aggravate the eternal misery of the wicked that their hopes will be frustrated; and it will make the happiness of heaven the more welcome to the saints that it is what they have earnestly longed for as the crown of their hopes.

0 comments: