Luke 15:16
New International Version
He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

New Living Translation
The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

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

Berean Study Bible
He longed to fill his belly with the pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him a thing.

Berean Literal Bible
And he was longing to fill his belly from the pods that the pigs were eating, and no one was giving to him.

New American Standard Bible
"And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
He longed to eat his fill from the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one would give him anything.

Contemporary English Version
He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him a thing.

Good News Translation
He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him any.

International Standard Version
No one would give him anything, even though he would gladly have filled himself with the husks the pigs were eating.

NET Bible
He was longing to eat the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

New Heart English Bible
And he wanted to fill himself with the carob pods that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And he longed to fill his belly from the carob pods that the pigs were eating, and no man was giving anything to him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one in the country would give him any food, and he was so hungry that he would have eaten what the pigs were eating.

New American Standard 1977
“And he was longing to fill his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he longed to fill his belly with the husks that the swine ate, but no one gave them unto him.

King James 2000 Bible
And he would gladly have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

American King James Version
And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave to 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.

Darby Bible Translation
And he longed to fill his belly with the husks which the swine were eating; and no one gave to 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.

World English Bible
He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.

Young's Literal Translation
and he was desirous to fill his belly from the husks that the swine were eating, and no one was giving to him.
Study Bible
The Parable of the Prodigal Son
15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16He longed to fill his belly with the pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him a thing . 17Finally he came to his senses and said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have plenty of food? But here I am, starving to death!…
Cross References
Matthew 7:6
Do not give dogs what is holy; do not throw your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

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

Luke 15:17
Finally he came to his senses and said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have plenty of food? But here I am, starving to death!

Treasury of Scripture

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

he would.

Isaiah 44:20
He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Isaiah 55:2
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

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

that.

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

no.

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 hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore.

Jonah 2:2-8
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice…







Lexicon
He longed
ἐπεθύμει (epethymei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1937: To long for, covet, lust after, set the heart upon. From epi and thumos; to set the heart upon, i.e. Long for.

to fill
γεμίσαι (gemisai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 1072: To fill, load. Transitive from gemo; to fill entirely.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

belly
κοιλίαν (koilian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2836: From koilos; a cavity, i.e. the abdomen; by implication, the matrix; figuratively, the heart.

with
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

the
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

pods
κερατίων (keratiōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 2769: A husk (pod) of the carob. Neuter of a presumed derivative of keras; something horned, i.e. the pod of the carob-tree.

the
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

pigs
χοῖροι (choiroi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5519: A swine, hog, sow. Of uncertain derivation; a hog.

were eating,
ἤσθιον (ēsthion)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2068: Strengthened for a primary edo; used only in certain tenses, the rest being supplied by phago; to eat.

but
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

no one
οὐδεὶς (oudeis)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3762: No one, none, nothing.

would give
ἐδίδου (edidou)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1325: To offer, give; I put, place. A prolonged form of a primary verb; to give.

him [ a thing ].
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.
(16) He would fain have filled his belly.--It is singular that very many of the best MSS. give the simpler reading, "desired to be filled or satisfied." It is open to suppose either that they shrank from the reading in the text as too coarse, or that the later MSS. introduced "filled his belly" as more vivid and colloquial; or, as seems probable, that there may have been a variation of phrase even in the original autograph MSS. of St. Luke.

The husks that the swine did eat.--The word is generic, but it is commonly identified with the long bean-like pods of the carob-tree, or Ceratonia siliqua, or St. John's bread, in which some have seen the "locusts" of Matthew 3:4. They contain a good deal of saccharine matter, and are commonly used as food for swine in Syria and Egypt. Spiritually, they answer to the sensual pleasures in which men who are as the swine, identified with brute appetites, find adequate sustenance. The soul that was born to a higher inheritance cannot so satisfy itself. It seeks to be "like a beast with lower pleasures," but it is part of the Father's discipline that that baser satisfaction is beyond its reach.

Verse 16. - And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. So low was this poor lost man reduced, that in his bitter hunger he even came to long for the coarse but nutritious bean with which the herd was fed. These swine were of some value when fattened for the market; but he, the swineherd, was valueless - he might starve. The husks in question were the long bean-shaped pods of the carob tree (Caratonia siliqua), commonly used for fattening swine in Syria and Egypt. They contain a proportion of sugar. The very poorest of the population occasionally use them as food. 15:11-16 The parable of the prodigal son shows the nature of repentance, and the Lord's readiness to welcome and bless all who return to him. It fully sets forth the riches of gospel grace; and it has been, and will be, while the world stands, of unspeakable use to poor sinners, to direct and to encourage them in repenting and returning to God. It is bad, and the beginning of worse, when men look upon God's gifts as debts due to them. The great folly of sinners, and that which ruins them, is, being content in their life-time to receive their good things. Our first parents ruined themselves and all their race, by a foolish ambition to be independent, and this is at the bottom of sinners' persisting in their sin. We may all discern some features of our own characters in that of the prodigal son. A sinful state is of departure and distance from God. A sinful state is a spending state: wilful sinners misemploy their thoughts and the powers of their souls, mispend their time and all their opportunities. A sinful state is a wanting state. Sinners want necessaries for their souls; they have neither food nor raiment for them, nor any provision for hereafter. A sinful state is a vile, slavish state. The business of the devil's servants is to make provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof, and that is no better than feeding swine. A sinful state is a state constant discontent. The wealth of the world and the pleasures of the senses will not even satisfy our bodies; but what are they to precious souls! A sinful state is a state which cannot look for relief from any creature. In vain do we cry to the world and to the flesh; they have that which will poison a soul, but have nothing to give which will feed and nourish it. A sinful state is a state of death. A sinner is dead in trespasses and sins, destitute of spiritual life. A sinful state is a lost state. Souls that are separated from God, if his mercy prevent not, will soon be lost for ever. The prodigal's wretched state, only faintly shadows forth the awful ruin of man by sin. Yet how few are sensible of their own state and character!
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