Job 33:20
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New International Version
so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.

New Living Translation
They lose their appetite for even the most delicious food.

English Standard Version
so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite the choicest food.

New American Standard Bible
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.

King James Bible
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that he detests bread, and his soul despises his favorite food.

International Standard Version
He cannot stand his food, and he has no desire for appetizing food.

NET Bible
so that his life loathes food, and his soul rejects appetizing fare.

New Heart English Bible
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul choicest food.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that their whole being hates food and they lose their appetite for a delicious meal.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So that his life maketh him to abhor bread, And his soul dainty food.

New American Standard 1977
So that his life loathes bread,
            And his soul favorite food.

Jubilee Bible 2000
so that his life abhors bread and his soul dainty food.

King James 2000 Bible
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul the choicest food.

American King James Version
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty meat.

American Standard Version
So that his life abhorreth bread, And his soul dainty food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul the meat which before he desired.

Darby Bible Translation
And his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food;

English Revised Version
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.

Webster's Bible Translation
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty food.

World English Bible
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.

Young's Literal Translation
And his life hath nauseated bread, And his soul desirable food.
Study Bible
Elihu Rebukes Job
19"Man is also chastened with pain on his bed, And with unceasing complaint in his bones; 20So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food. 21"His flesh wastes away from sight, And his bones which were not seen stick out.…
Cross References
Job 3:24
"For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.

Job 6:7
"My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.

Psalm 102:4
My heart has been smitten like grass and has withered away, Indeed, I forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 107:18
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.
Treasury of Scripture

So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty meat.

his life

Psalm 107:17,18 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, …

dainty meat. Heb. meat of desire

Genesis 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that …

Jeremiah 3:19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you …

Amos 5:11 For as much therefore as your treading is on the poor, and you take …

Verse 20 - Be that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. Eating and drinking are detestable to the man who is stretched on a bed of sickness (comp. Psalm 107:18, "Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death"). The chains that bind to earth fall off, and the soul is left open to loftier influences. So that his life abhorreth bread,.... Through the force of pain he loses his appetite for food, and even a nausea of it takes place; he loathes it as the most abominable and filthy thing that can be thought of; even bread, so necessary to the support of human life, so strengthening to the heart of man, and what he every day stands in need of, and should pray for, and in health is never weary of; it may be put for all common and useful food:

and his soul dainty meat; the most rich and delicious; such as the tables of the great and rich are furnished with: "food of desire" (p); or desirable food, as it may be rendered; see Daniel 10:3; such as in the time of health the appetite craves and desires, and is fed on with delight and pleasure, but now had in the utmost aversion. Pains and diseases of body often produce such a nausea in men, Psalm 107:17, and was Job's case, Job 3:24.

(p) "cibum desiderii", Vatablus, Drusius, Michaelis; "cibum appetentiae", Mercerus. 20. life—that is, the appetite, which ordinarily sustains "life" (Job 38:39; Ps 107:18; Ec 12:5). The taking away of desire for food by sickness symbolizes the removal by affliction of lust, for things which foster the spiritual fever of pride.

soul—desire.33:19-28 Job complained of his diseases, and judged by them that God was angry with him; his friends did so too: but Elihu shows that God often afflicts the body for good to the soul. This thought will be of great use for our getting good from sickness, in and by which God speaks to men. Pain is the fruit of sin; yet, by the grace of God, the pain of the body is often made a means of good to the soul. When afflictions have done their work, they shall be removed. A ransom or propitiation is found. Jesus Christ is the Messenger and the Ransom, so Elihu calls him, as Job had called him his Redeemer, for he is both the Purchaser and the Price, the Priest and the sacrifice. So high was the value of souls, that nothing less would redeem them; and so great the hurt done by sin, that nothing less would atone for it, than the blood of the Son of God, who gave his life a ransom for many. A blessed change follows. Recovery from sickness is a mercy indeed, when it proceeds from the remission of sin. All that truly repent of their sins, shall find mercy with God. The works of darkness are unfruitful works; all the gains of sin will come far short of the damage. We must, with a broken and contrite heart, confess our sins to God, 1Jo 1:9. We must confess the fact of sin; and not try to justify or excuse ourselves. We must confess the fault of sin; I have perverted that which was right. We must confess the folly of sin; So foolish have I been and ignorant. Is there not good reason why we should make such a confession?
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