Job 6:7
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New International Version
I refuse to touch it; such food makes me ill.

New Living Translation
My appetite disappears when I look at it; I gag at the thought of eating it!

English Standard Version
My appetite refuses to touch them; they are as food that is loathsome to me.

New American Standard Bible
"My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.

King James Bible
The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I refuse to touch them; they are like contaminated food.

International Standard Version
I cannot bring myself to touch them; food like this makes me sick."

NET Bible
I have refused to touch such things; they are like loathsome food to me.

New Heart English Bible
My soul refuses to touch them. They are as loathsome food to me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I refuse to touch such things. They are disgusting to me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
My soul refuseth to touch them; They are as the sickness of my flesh.

New American Standard 1977
“My soul refuses to touch them;
            They are like loathsome food to me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The things that my soul refused to touch before, now by my sorrow are my food.

King James 2000 Bible
The things that my soul refused to touch are as loathsome food to me.

American King James Version
The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

American Standard Version
My soul refuseth to touch them ; They are as loathsome food to me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The things which before my soul would not touch, now, through anguish are my meats.

Darby Bible Translation
What my soul refuseth to touch, that is as my loathsome food.

English Revised Version
My soul refuseth to touch them; they are as loathsome meat to me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful food.

World English Bible
My soul refuses to touch them. They are as loathsome food to me.

Young's Literal Translation
My soul is refusing to touch! They are as my sickening food.
Study Bible
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
6"Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? 7"My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me. 8"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!…
Cross References
Job 3:24
"For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.

Job 6:6
"Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Job 6:8
"Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!

Job 33:20
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.
Treasury of Scripture

The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

as my sorrowful meat.

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1 Kings 22:27 And say, Thus said the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed …

Psalm 102:9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping.

Ezekiel 4:14,16 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul has not been polluted…

Ezekiel 12:18,19 Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink your water with …

Daniel 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, …

Verse 7. - The things that my soul refuse to touch are as my sorrowful meat; rather, as in the Revised Version, my soul refuseth to touch them; they are as loathsome meat to me. The doubt remains whether Job is speaking of the arguments of Eliphaz, or of the series of afflictions which have befallen him. Either explanation is possible. The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat. Meaning either the above things, that which is unsavoury, and the white of an egg, of any other food, which in the time of his prosperity he would not touch with his fingers, much less eat, but now was glad of, and were his constant food in his present sorrowful circumstances; the sense given by some Jewish writers (i) is, that what he disdained to touch or wipe his hands with formerly, he was glad to make use of as a tablecloth to eat his bread of sorrow upon; but it rather intends the insipid and disagreeable words of his friends, their doctrines, instructions, and exhortations they gave him, but were refused and rejected by him; and which he before compares to unsavoury food, the white of an egg, or the spittle of a dreaming man, or the dribble of a fool; and which were as much loathed and nauseated by him, as his food that was "loathed" by him (k), either because of his want of appetite, or because of the badness of it, such as were corrupt and "rotten", and even as the "excrements" of food (l); those he refused to receive with as much indignation as he could such sort of food offered him; and therefore we find, that notwithstanding all that had been said to him, he continued in the same sentiment and disposition of mind, to desire death rather than life, as follows.

(i) Jarchi & R. Mesallem in ib. (k) "ut fastidia pannis mei", Cocceius. (l) "Velut excrement um panis", Neuman. apud Michael. 7. To "touch" is contrasted with "meat." "My taste refused even to touch it, and yet am I fed with such meat of sickness." The second clause literally, is, "Such is like the sickness of my food." The natural taste abhors even to touch insipid food, and such forms my nourishment. For my sickness is like such nauseous food [Umbreit]. (Ps 42:3; 80:5; 102:9). No wonder, then, I complain.6:1-7 Job still justifies himself in his complaints. In addition to outward troubles, the inward sense of God's wrath took away all his courage and resolution. The feeling sense of the wrath of God is harder to bear than any outward afflictions. What then did the Saviour endure in the garden and on the cross, when he bare our sins, and his soul was made a sacrifice to Divine justice for us! Whatever burden of affliction, in body or estate, God is pleased to lay upon us, we may well submit to it as long as he continues to us the use of our reason, and the peace of our conscience; but if either of these is disturbed, our case is very pitiable. Job reflects upon his friends for their censures. He complains he had nothing offered for his relief, but what was in itself tasteless, loathsome, and burdensome.
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