Proverbs 27:7
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New International Version
One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.

New Living Translation
A person who is full refuses honey, but even bitter food tastes sweet to the hungry.

English Standard Version
One who is full loathes honey, but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

New American Standard Bible
A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.

King James Bible
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A person who is full tramples on a honeycomb, but to a hungry person, any bitter thing is sweet.

International Standard Version
The person who is full spurns honey, but to a hungry person even the bitter seems sweet.

NET Bible
The one whose appetite is satisfied loathes honey, but to the hungry mouth every bitter thing is sweet.

New Heart English Bible
A full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The soul that is full treads on honeycombs, and even bitter things are sweet to the hungry soul.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One who is full despises honey, but to one who is hungry, even bitter food tastes sweet.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

New American Standard 1977
A sated man loathes honey,
            But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The full soul loathes a honeycomb, but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

King James 2000 Bible
The full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

American King James Version
The full soul loathes an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

American Standard Version
The full soul loatheth a honeycomb; But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A soul that is full shall tread upon the honeycomb : and a soul that is hungry shall take even bitter for sweet.

Darby Bible Translation
The full soul trampleth on a honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

English Revised Version
The full soul loatheth an honeycomb: but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

Webster's Bible Translation
The full soul lotheth a honey-comb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

World English Bible
A full soul loathes a honeycomb; but to a hungry soul, every bitter thing is sweet.

Young's Literal Translation
A satiated soul treadeth down a honeycomb, And to a hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.
Study Bible
Do Not Boast about Tomorrow
6Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy. 7A sated man loathes honey, But to a famished man any bitter thing is sweet. 8Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.…
Cross References
Numbers 21:5
The people spoke against God and Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food."

Proverbs 24:13
My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste;

Proverbs 27:6
Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.

Proverbs 27:8
Like a bird that wanders from her nest, So is a man who wanders from his home.
Treasury of Scripture

The full soul loathes an honeycomb; but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet.

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Numbers 11:4-9,18-20 And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the …

Numbers 21:5 And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Why have you …

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Job 6:7 The things that my soul refused to touch are as my sorrowful meat.

Luke 15:16,17 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine …

John 6:9 There is a lad here, which has five barley loaves, and two small …

(7) The full soul loatheth an honeycomb.--So the moderate use of the good things of this life increases our enjoyment of them. But in spiritual things, the less we content ourselves with, the less hunger we feel, and less enjoyment do we derive from them.

Verse 7. - The full soul loatheth an honeycomb. For "loathes" the Hebrew is literally "treads upon," "tramples underfoot," which is the expression of the greatest disgust and contempt; or it may mean that the well-fed man will not stoop to pick up the comb which may have dropped in his path from some tree or rock. But whichever way we take it, the same truth is told - Self-restraint increases enjoyment; over-iudulgence produces satiety, fatigue, and indolence. Horace, 'Sat.,' 2:2, 38 -

"Jejunus raro stomachus vulgaria temnit." But to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet. So the prodigal in the parable would fain fill himself with the husks which the swine did eat. So we say, "Hunger is the best sauce;" the Germans, "Hunger makes raw beans sweet;" and the Portuguese. "Brackish water is sweet in a dry land." The full soul loatheth an honeycomb,.... Or "tramples upon" it (a), as the word signifies, and most versions render it, expressive of contempt and abhorrence; and suits will the situation of the honeycomb, which was usually in trees and rocks in Palestine: and so might drop from thence, and be trampled upon by passengers; and especially such as are here described, whose appetites have been sated with dainties, and their stomachs heave at the most delicious food. Jarchi interprets this of one that has no desire after the doctrines of the law; and so the senses of it are not esteemed by him; whereas he that has a desire for it, even the things which come to him with bitterness and labour are sweet to him. But it may be better applied to a self-sufficient man, that is full of himself: of his own wisdom and knowledge in divine things; of his strength, and the power of his free will; of his purity, holiness, goodness, and righteousness; who loathes the Gospel, comparable to the honeycomb for its sweetness; see Proverbs 16:24; it being disagreeable to his taste, and as insipid as the white of an egg to him; and as being against him, which makes him out an arrant fool, blows a blast on all his goodness and goodliness, strips the creature of his righteousness, and excludes boasting;

but to the hungry soul every bitter thing is sweet; that is in want of provision, has an appetite for it; anything, though ever so mean and disrelishing to others, is sweet to such an one; as was barley bread to Artaxerxes king of Persia, and country bread made of bran to Ptolemy Lagus king of Egypt, when in great distress for food (b): Seneca says (c), hunger will make bad bread fine food. And so is the Gospel, and every doctrine of it, to a sensible sinner; that is in want, and knows its wants, and has desires after spiritual things created in it; hungers and thirsts after the word and ordinances; after Christ, the bread of life; after the blessings of grace in him; particularly after the pardon of sin, and justifying righteousness and salvation by him; and after more knowledge of him, and communion with him. Now, though, here is nothing bitter in the Gospel, properly speaking, as in the law; yet, that which is bitter to others, and had been bitter to the above persons, is now sweet, and which are disagreeable to the flesh; as the denial of sinful, civil, and righteous self, which the Gospel teaches; and even that which is the most contemptible to men; as the preaching of the cross, or the doctrine of salvation by a crucified Christ; the doctrines of electing grace, imputed righteousness, the satisfaction of Christ, &c. How sweet are these to the taste of a hungry soul! and even though they are attended with bitter afflictions, the reproaches, revilings, and persecutions of men; as the paschal lamb, a type of Christ, was eaten with bitter herbs. This may also be applied to the hearing of the word; where and when there is plenty of means, men grow weary of the word, sick of it, and surfeit upon it and loath it; or, however, are very curious and nice, and cannot take up with plain preaching, but must have something suited to their palate, dressed up in a very elegant manner: but when the word of the Lord is precious or rare, and where there are few opportunities of hearing it, sensible souls, that have spiritual appetites, are glad of it; and it is sweet unto them, though not so nicely dressed and though brought to them in a homely manner.

(a) "calcabit", Pagninus, Montanus; "caleat", Vatablus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Gejerus; "conculcat", Cocceius; "proculcat", Michaelis, Schultens. (b) "Jejunus stomachus raro vulgaria temnit", Horat. Sermon. l. 2. Sat. 2.((c) Epist. 123. 7. The luxury of wealth confers less happiness than the healthy appetite of labor.27:1 We know not what a day may bring forth. This does not forbid preparing for to-morrow, but presuming upon to-morrow. We must not put off the great work of conversion, that one thing needful. 2. There may be occasion for us to justify ourselves, but not to praise ourselves. 3,4. Those who have no command of their passions, sink under the load. 5,6. Plain and faithful rebukes are better, not only than secret hatred, but than love which compliments in sin, to the hurt of the soul. 7. The poor have a better relish of their enjoyments, and are often more thankful for them, than the rich. In like manner the proud and self-sufficient disdain the gospel; but those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, find comfort from the meanest book or sermon that testifies of Christ Jesus. 8. Every man has his proper place in society, where he may be safe and comfortable.
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