Job 33:20
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.

Berean Study Bible
so that he detests his bread, and his soul loathes his favorite 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Merely the thought of our favorite food makes our stomachs sick,

Good News Translation
Those who are sick lose their appetites, and even the finest food looks revolting.

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 HEB ▾ 
Elihu Rebukes Job
19A man is also chastened on his bed with pain and constant distress in his bones, 20so that he detests his bread, and his soul loathes his favorite food. 21His flesh wastes away from sight, and his hidden bones protrude.…
Cross References
Job 3:24
I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.

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

Psalm 102:4
My heart is afflicted, and withered like grass; I even forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 107:18
They loathed all food and 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 …







Lexicon
so that he
חַיָּת֣וֹ (ḥay·yā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

detests
וְזִֽהֲמַ֣תּוּ (wə·zi·hă·mat·tū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2092: To be rancid, to loathe

his bread,
לָ֑חֶם (lā·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3899: Food, bread, grain

and his soul
וְ֝נַפְשׁ֗וֹ (wə·nap̄·šōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

[loathes] his favorite
תַּאֲוָֽה׃ (ta·’ă·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8378: A longing, a delight

food.
מַאֲכַ֥ל (ma·’ă·ḵal)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3978: An eatable
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. 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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