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.

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.

New King James Version
And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

New American Standard Bible
And he longed to have his fill of the carob pods that the pigs were eating, and no one was giving him anything.

NASB 1995
"And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
He would have gladly eaten the [carob] pods that the pigs were eating [but they could not satisfy his hunger], and no one was giving anything to 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Literal Standard Version
and he was desirous to fill his belly from the husks that the pigs were eating, and no one was giving to him.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
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. 16 He 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…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
He longed
ἐπεθύμει (epethymei)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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 1072: To fill, load. Transitive from gemo; to fill entirely.

his
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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 2836: From koilos; a cavity, i.e. the abdomen; by implication, the matrix; figuratively, the heart.

with
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's 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 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 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 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 5519: A swine, hog, sow. Of uncertain derivation; a hog.

were eating,
ἤσθιον (ēsthion)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 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 2532: And, even, also, namely.

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

would give
ἐδίδου (edidou)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 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 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.


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