Sense: hope (feeling)
n. — the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled.
The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked comes to nothing.
Proverbs 10:28 (LEB)
The concept of hope has a few different senses. We can talk about hope as a feeling—this is a pretty common way to think of hope. But hope can also be focused on a real thing—an object of hope that is desired. Hope can also refer to the grounds of feeling hopeful. In Proverbs 10:28 the writer uses two of these almost side by side. The first instance is equated with gladness, so this was marked in the Bible Sense Lexicon as “hope (grounds).” The righteous can hope because of gladness. (We can infer that this gladness is due to right living in God’s way.) The second instance of hope, however, is a different sense—this is “hope (feeling).” In this phrase, hope is not equated with anything. It also doesn’t refer to any reason for hope, so it must be hope (feeling). In this way, the hope felt by the wicked will not be fulfilled—it comes to nothing. In this simple verse from Proverbs, we see the gladness of a righteous life contrasted to the unfulfilled desire of wicked living.
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