Luke 15:16
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English Standard Version
And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.

King James Bible
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

American Standard Version
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him.

English Revised Version
And he would fain have been filled with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat; and no man gave to him.

Weymouth New Testament
and he longed to make a hearty meal of the pods the swine were eating, but no one gave him any.

Luke 15:16 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

He would fain (ἐπεθύμει)

Longing desire. Imperfect tense, he was longing, all the while he was tending the swine.

Filled his belly (γεμίσαι τὴν κοιλίαν)

The texts vary. The Rev. follows the reading χορτασθῆναι, "He would fain have been filled," using the same word which is employed of filling those who hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6, see note), and of the five thousand (Matthew 14:20). He had wanted the wrong thing all along, and it was no better now. All he wanted was to fill his belly.

Husks (κερατίων)

Carob-pods. The word is a diminutive of κέρας, a horn, and means, literally, a little horn, from the shape of the pod. The tree is sometimes called in German Bockshornbaum, Goat's-horn-tree. "The fleshy pods are from six to ten inches long, and one broad, lined inside with a gelatinous substance, not wholly unpleasant to the taste when thoroughly ripe" (Thomson, "Land and Book"). The shell or pod alone is eaten. It grows in Southern Italy and Spain, and it is said that during the Peninsular War the horses of the British cavalry were often fed upon the pods. It is also called Saint John's bread, from a tradition that the Baptist fed upon its fruit in the wilderness. Edersheim quotes a Jewish saying, "When Israel is reduced to the carob-tree, they become repentant."

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he would.

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say...

Isaiah 55:2 Why do you spend money for that which is not bread? and your labor for that which satisfies not? listen diligently to me...

Lamentations 4:5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets: they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.

Hosea 12:1 Ephraim feeds on wind, and follows after the east wind: he daily increases lies and desolation...

Romans 6:19-21 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh...

that.

Psalm 73:22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before you.

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Psalm 142:4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.

Isaiah 57:3 But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

Jonah 2:2-8 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice...

Cross References
Matthew 7:6
"Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.

Luke 15:15
So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.

Luke 15:17
"But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger!

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