Proverbs 13:12 – Hope Fulfilled

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:12

 

References in Proverbs to the “tree of life”: 3:18, 11:30, 15:4

Have you had a postage item that took months to arrive?  How about having an unforeseen prolonged engagement? You might relate to this proverb.  Expecting something at a certain time, only for it to take much longer to turn up, can be so frustrating.  No doubt the wait for something special would even cause you to wain a bit.

And how about for when the longing is fulfilled?  Once hope has been answered, the joy 42033489422_1de54f1dfb_zcan be palpable.  There are so many examples of such in the Bible. Hannah, who was barren, received Samuel from God (1 Sam 2:1-10 is her prayer of thanks).  Mary and Elizabeth (her cousin) were blessed miraculously with very special children by God’s intercession (Luke 1 tells the story).  Simeon and the prophetess Anna both were waiting and had been promised to see the Messiah be revealed.  Both saw Jesus before their deaths and gave thanks to God for his promise fulfilled (Luke 2:25-38).

Our whole bodies are invigorated when we finally can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hope is certainly for things unseen, but some things are just worth waiting for.

Thanks for reading! Pete



Tree of Life: 
John A. Kitchen speaks of the tree of life imagery being throughout the Bible’s revelation and “forms an inclusion”, from Genesis (2:9) to Revelation (2:7 and 22:2, 14,19).  I highly recommend time spent with Proverbs – A Mentor Commentary by John A. Kitchen.

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Proverbs 13:4 – Desires Satisfied

A sluggards appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied – The Bible, Proverbs 13:4

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov 11:25, 6:6, 10-11

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

My thoughts:

It’s nice sometimes to relax on the weekends by doing nothing. A full week should be balanced with some off-time. However, if all our week was empty of work we’d be in trouble very soon! This proverb speaks of how the lazy person longs for things that they don’t ever get. The diligent person works and receives, but because the lazy doesn’t work (or work well), they soon run into needs they can’t meet. 2438160378_49554332de_z.jpg
We know that the extremely rich of this world may be able to retire early and never again need to work, but that’s generally because at one point they worked super hard to achieve their desires. So, let’s enjoy our weekends, but only because we worked for it!

 

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Proverbs 13:2 – Violent Outcomes

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things, but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:2

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 12: 14,18

Theme: Prov 13:2-4 – The Hebrew words translated as “desire”, “appetite”, “life”, and “soul”,  is literally “soul” or “breath” and can refer to the inner desires of people, but also the essence of who you  are. (Reiterated from A Mentor Commentary On Proverbs – John A. Kitchen

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My thoughts:

How often our words cause strife. We speak without thinking or even with malice or other evil desire. Life should teach us that speaking with a desire to trick or manipulate only ends in bad things, for us and others. We’re asking for it if we use our words to deceive. This proverb speaks of the produce of our lips bringing good for us. Let’s then speak with care, so that we produce good outcomes.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus, he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 13:1 – Standing Corrected

A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not respond to rebukes. – The Bible, Proverbs 13:1

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 1:8; 3:1; 12:1; 13:13

My thoughts:

We tend to think better of our knowledge than what others think. How often, though, we are shown to be in the wrong in our thinking! This proverb speaks of the correction of a 33106857585_ee06c78ff0_zfather, and how wisdom would encourage us to obey it. When I first started writing on Proverbs I was a bit arrogant. I didn’t often place myself in the position of the “mocker”. Yet it is true that we all need to come under God’s Word and be taught to be wise and to obey.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

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Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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Proverbs 12:28 – Path to Life

In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. – Proverbs 12:28

Some places where else this is discussed:

Prov. 3:2; 4:10; 11:24

My thoughts:

The promise of a long life or one without sickness or poverty is often hard to believe. Yet the proverbs and psalms of the Bible don’t shy from it. In this proverb, righteousness is seen as the important path to follow, and with it comes life. The life lived in honour of 3248931544_060eebe5c3_zGod is also one with hope for the future, and not just for our earthly existence – to live forever in Heaven under the rule of God is our hope, too. Becoming right with God is a path that leads to so much good.

Thanks for reading! Pete.

Thoughts or questions? Have your say in the comments section!

Note: All scripture is taken from Bible.com and is the New International Version. I am using a commentary by John A. Kitchen for help with references, and difficult concepts and words. Plus he has a real way with words!

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