Proverbs 27:7
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.

Berean Study Bible
The soul that is full loathes honey, but to a hungry soul, any bitter thing 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
If you have had enough to eat, honey doesn't taste good, but if you are really hungry, you will eat anything.

Good News Translation
When you are full, you will refuse honey, but when you are hungry, even bitter food tastes 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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A full soul scorns honeycombs; but to a hungry soul even bitter things appear 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
6The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 7The soul that is full loathes honey, but to a hungry soul, any bitter thing is sweet. 8Like a bird that strays from its nest is a man who wanders from his home.…
Cross References
Numbers 21:5
and spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have you led us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread or water, and we detest this wretched food!"

Proverbs 24:13
Eat honey, my son, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to your taste.

Proverbs 27:6
The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Proverbs 27:8
Like a bird that strays from its nest 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.

full

Numbers 11:4-9,18-20
And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? …

Numbers 21:5
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.

loatheth or treadeth under foot

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 did eat: and no man gave unto him…

John 6:9
There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?







Lexicon
The soul
נֶ֣פֶשׁ (ne·p̄eš)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

that is full
שְׂ֭בֵעָה (ḇê·‘āh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7649: Sated, satisfied, surfeited

loathes
תָּב֣וּס (tā·ḇūs)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 947: To tread down, trample

honey,
נֹ֑פֶת (nō·p̄eṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5317: Flowing honey, honey from the comb

but to a hungry
רְ֝עֵבָ֗ה (rə·‘ê·ḇāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7457: Hungry

soul,
וְנֶ֥פֶשׁ (wə·ne·p̄eš)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

any
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

bitter thing
מַ֥ר (mar)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4751: Bitter, bitterness, bitterly

is sweet.
מָתֽוֹק׃ (mā·ṯō·wq)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4966: Sweet, sweetness
(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." 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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