Job 20:23
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New International Version
When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.

New Living Translation
May God give them a bellyful of trouble. May God rain down his anger upon them.

English Standard Version
To fill his belly to the full, God will send his burning anger against him and rain it upon him into his body.

New American Standard Bible
"When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it on him while he is eating.

King James Bible
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When he fills his stomach, God will send His burning anger against him, raining it down on him while he is eating.

International Standard Version
"It will come about that, when he has filled himself to the full, God will vent his burning anger on him; he will pour it out on him and on his body.

NET Bible
"While he is filling his belly, God sends his burning anger against him, and rains down his blows upon him.

New Heart English Bible
When he is about to fill his belly, he will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let that misery fill his belly. [God] throws his burning anger at the godless person and makes his wrath come down on him like rain.

JPS Tanakh 1917
It shall be for the filling of his belly; He shall cast the fierceness of His wrath upon him, And shall cause it to rain upon him into his flesh.

New American Standard 1977
“When he fills his belly,
            God will send His fierce anger on him
            And will rain it on him while he is eating.

Jubilee Bible 2000
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him and shall rain it upon him and upon his food.

King James 2000 Bible
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

American King James Version
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath on him, and shall rain it on him while he is eating.

American Standard Version
When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, And will rain it upon him while he is eating.

Douay-Rheims Bible
May his belly be filled, that God may send forth the wrath of his indignation upon him, and rain down his war upon him.

Darby Bible Translation
It shall be that, to fill his belly, he will cast his fierce anger upon him, and will rain it upon him into his flesh.

English Revised Version
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fierceness of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

Webster's Bible Translation
When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him, and shall rain it upon him while he is eating.

World English Bible
When he is about to fill his belly, God will cast the fierceness of his wrath on him. It will rain on him while he is eating.

Young's Literal Translation
It cometh to pass, at the filling of his belly, He sendeth forth against him The fierceness of His anger, Yea, He raineth on him in his eating.
Study Bible
Zophar: Triumph of the Wicked Short-lived
22"In the fullness of his plenty he will be cramped; The hand of everyone who suffers will come against him. 23"When he fills his belly, God will send His fierce anger on him And will rain it on him while he is eating. 24"He may flee from the iron weapon, But the bronze bow will pierce him.…
Cross References
Numbers 11:18
"Say to the people, 'Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you shall eat meat; for you have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, "Oh that someone would give us meat to eat! For we were well-off in Egypt." Therefore the LORD will give you meat and you shall eat.

Numbers 11:33
While the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the anger of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD struck the people with a very severe plague.

Job 20:13
Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it in his mouth,

Job 20:14
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.

Psalm 78:30
Before they had satisfied their desire, While their food was in their mouths,

Psalm 78:31
The anger of God rose against them And killed some of their stoutest ones, And subdued the choice men of Israel.

Amos 8:10
"Then I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring sackcloth on everyone's loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day.
Treasury of Scripture

When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his wrath on him, and shall rain it on him while he is eating.

he is about

Numbers 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, …

Psalm 78:30,31 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was …

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

Luke 12:17-20 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I …

rain it

Genesis 19:24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and on Gomorrah brimstone and fire …

Exodus 9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent …

Psalm 11:6 On the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible …

Psalm 78:30,31 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was …

Isaiah 21:4 My heart panted, fearfulness affrighted me: the night of my pleasure …

Verse 23. - When he is about to fill his belly (comp. vers. 12-18); i.e. "when he is on the point of making some fresh attack upon the weak and defenceless." God shall east the fury of his wrath upon him (comp. Psalm 78:30, 31, where a far less harmful lust is noted as having brought down the Divine vengeance). And shall rain it upon him while he is eating; or, as his food (comp. Psalm 11:6, "Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup"). When he is about to fill his belly,.... Either in a literal sense, when he is about to take an ordinary meal to satisfy nature; or in a figurative sense, when he is seeking to increase his worldly riches, and his barns and coffers, and endeavouring to get satisfaction therein:

God shall cast the fury of his wrath upon him; or "send it out on him" (c); out of the treasures of it, which are laid up with him, Deuteronomy 32:34; into his conscience, and fill him with a dreadful sense and apprehension of it, and that with great force and violence, and cast it, and pour it on him like fire, or any scalding liquor, which is very terrible and intolerable. This intends the indignation of God against sin, and his just punishment of it, according to the rigour of his justice; sometimes it is only a little wrath and displeasure he shows, he does not stir up all his wrath; but here it is threatened he will cast it, and pour it in great plenty, even "the fury" of it, in the most awful and terrible manner:

and shall rain it upon him while he is eating; signifying, that the wrath of God shall be revealed from heaven against him, from whence rain comes; that it shall fall on him from above, unseen, suddenly, and at an unawares, and come with a force and violence not to be resisted, and in great abundance and profusion. The allusion seems to be to the raining of fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, the inhabitants of which were indulging themselves in gratifying the flesh, when that judgment came upon them, Luke 17:28; and so it was with the Israelites, when they sinned against God in the wilderness, Psalm 78:30; perhaps Zophar may glance at Job's children being slain while they were eating and drinking in their elder brother's house, Job 1:18. Some render it, "upon his food" (d); his meat, a curse going along with it, while he is eating it, his table becoming a snare unto him; or upon his wealth and riches, he is endeavouring to fill his belly or satisfy himself with; and others, "upon his flesh", as the Targum; or "into his flesh"; as Broughton, and so many of the Jewish commentators (e) meaning his body, filling it with diseases, so that there is no soundness in it, but is in pain, and wasting, and consuming; and Job's case may be referred to, his body being full of boils and ulcers.

(c) "mittet in eum", Pagninus, Montanus, Schmidt; so Mercerus, Piscator. (d) "in cibum illius", Tigurine version. (e) Aben Ezra, Ben Gersom, Bar Tzemach; "in carne ejus", Pagninus, Montanus; "super carnem ejus", Beza; "in carnem ejus", Drusius, Mercer, Schmidt. 23. Rather, "God shall cast (may God send) [Umbreit] upon him the fury of His wrath to fill his belly!"

while … eating—rather, "shall rain it upon him for his food!" Fiery rain, that is, lightning (Ps 11:6; alluding to Job's misfortune, Job 1:16). The force of the image is felt by picturing to one's self the opposite nature of a refreshing rain in the desert (Ex 16:4; Ps 68:9).20:23-29 Zophar, having described the vexations which attend wicked practices, shows their ruin from God's wrath. There is no fence against this, but in Christ, who is the only Covert from the storm and tempest, Isa 32:2. Zophar concludes, This is the portion of a wicked man from God; it is allotted him. Never was any doctrine better explained, or worse applied, than this by Zophar, who intended to prove Job a hypocrite. Let us receive the good explanation, and make a better application, for warning to ourselves, to stand in awe and sin not. One view of Jesus, directed by the Holy Spirit, and by him suitably impressed upon our souls, will quell a thousand carnal reasonings about the suffering of the faithful.
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