Job 20:14
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New International Version
yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.

New Living Translation
But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach.

English Standard Version
yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him.

Berean Study Bible
yet his food will sour in his stomach to the venom of cobras within him.

New American Standard Bible
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.

King James Bible
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

Christian Standard Bible
yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras' venom inside him.

Contemporary English Version
But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs.

Good News Translation
But in their stomachs the food turns bitter, as bitter as any poison could be.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras' venom inside him.

International Standard Version
his food will turn rancid in his stomach— it will become a cobra's poison inside him.

NET Bible
his food is turned sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him.

New Heart English Bible
yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the food in his belly turns sour. It becomes snake venom in his stomach.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

New American Standard 1977
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
his food shall be changed in his bowels, it shall be the gall of asps within him.

King James 2000 Bible
Yet his food in his body is soured, it is the gall of asps within him.

American King James Version
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

American Standard Version
Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His bread in his belly shall be turned into the gall of asps within him.

Darby Bible Translation
His food is turned in his bowels; it is the gall of asps within him.

English Revised Version
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Yet his food in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

World English Bible
yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

Young's Literal Translation
His food in his bowels is turned, The bitterness of asps is in his heart.
Study Bible
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
13though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth, 14yet his food will sour in his stomach to the venom of cobras within him. 15He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.…
Cross References
Job 20:13
though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,

Job 20:15
He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.

Job 20:23
When he has filled his stomach, God will vent His fury upon him, raining it down on him as he eats.

Treasury of Scripture

Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

his meat

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Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

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Psalm 51:8,9 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken …

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled …

Proverbs 23:20,21,29-35 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh…

Jeremiah 2:19 Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall …

Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give …

the gall

Job 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

Deuteronomy 32:24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, …

Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used …







Verse 14. - Yet his meat in his bowels is turned. Still, a time comes when the self-complacency of the wicked man is shaken. He experiences a failure of health or spirits. Then, suddenly, it is as if the meat that he has swallowed had been turned to poison in his bowels, as if the gall of asps were within him. Compare what Bishop Butler says of the sudden waking up of a man's conscience ('Analogy,' pt. 1. ch. 2. p. 52). The ancients seem to have known that the poison of serpents was a strong acid, and therefore supposed that it was secreted by the gallbladder (see Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 11:37). Yet his meat in his bowels is turned,.... Or "his bread" (r), to which sin is compared, being what the sinner lives in, and lives upon; what he strengthens himself in and with, and by which he is nourished unto the day of slaughter, and by means of which he grows and proceeds to more ungodliness, though in the issue he comes into starving and famishing circumstances; for this is bread of deceit, and proves to be ashes and gravel stones; it promises pleasure, profit, liberty, and impunity, but is all the reverse; as meat turns in a man's stomach when it does not digest in him, or rather his stomach turns against that, and instead of its being pleasant and agreeable to him, it distresses him and makes him uneasy; sin being compared to meat in the bowels, denotes the finishing of in after it has been conceived in the mind, and completed in the act:

it is the gall of asps within him; which is bitter, though not poison; which yet Pliny (s) suggests, but it seems (t) it is not fact. Sin is an evil and bitter thing, and produces bitter sorrow, and makes bitter work for repentance in good men, Jeremiah 2:19; and fills with distress inexpressible and intolerable in wicked men, as in Cain and Judas in this world, and with black despair, weeping, and gnashing of teeth, and dreadful horrors of conscience, in the world to come, to all eternity; the effect of it is eternal death, the second death, inevitable and everlasting ruin and destruction.

(r) "panis ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Beza, Schmidt. (s) Nat. Hist. l. 11. c. 37. (t) Scheuchzer. Physic. Sacr. vol. 4. p. 711. Philosoph. Transact. abridged, vol. 2. p. 819. 14. turned—Hebrew denotes a total change into a disagreeable contrary (Jer 2:21; compare Re 10:9, 10).

gall—in which the poison of the asp was thought to lie. It rather is contained in a sack in the mouth. Scripture uses popular language, where no moral truth is thereby endangered.20:10-22 The miserable condition of the wicked man in this world is fully set forth. The lusts of the flesh are here called the sins of his youth. His hiding it and keeping it under his tongue, denotes concealment of his beloved lust, and delight therein. But He who knows what is in the heart, knows what is under the tongue, and will discover it. The love of the world, and of the wealth of it, also is wickedness, and man sets his heart upon these. Also violence and injustice, these sins bring God's judgments upon nations and families. Observe the punishment of the wicked man for these things. Sin is turned into gall, than which nothing is more bitter; it will prove to him poison; so will all unlawful gains be. In his fulness he shall be in straits, through the anxieties of his own mind. To be led by the sanctifying grace of God to restore what was unjustly gotten, as Zaccheus was, is a great mercy. But to be forced to restore by the horrors of a despairing conscience, as Judas was, has no benefit and comfort attending it.



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