Job 20:13
New International Version
though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,

New Living Translation
They savored it, holding it long in their mouths.

English Standard Version
though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth,

Berean Study Bible
though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,

New American Standard Bible
Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it in his mouth,

New King James Version
Though he spares it and does not forsake it, But still keeps it in his mouth,

King James Bible
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

Christian Standard Bible
though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth,

Contemporary English Version
and swallow it slowly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth,

International Standard Version
though he savors it and delays swallowing it so he can taste it again and again in his mouth,

NET Bible
if he retains it for himself and does not let it go, and holds it fast in his mouth,

New Heart English Bible
though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Though he savors it and won't let go of it and he holds it on the roof of his mouth,

JPS Tanakh 1917
Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth;

New American Standard 1977
Though he desires it and will not let it go, But holds it in his mouth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
if it seemed good unto him, and he did not forsake it, but savored it within his mouth,

King James 2000 Bible
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

American King James Version
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

American Standard Version
Though he spare it, and will not let it go, But keep it still within his mouth;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
though he will not spare it, and will not leave it, but will keep it in the midst of his throat:

Douay-Rheims Bible
He will spare it, and not leave it, and will hide it in his throat.

Darby Bible Translation
[Though] he spare it, and forsake it not, but keep it within his mouth,

English Revised Version
Though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;

Webster's Bible Translation
Though he may spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

World English Bible
though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;

Young's Literal Translation
Hath pity on it, and doth not forsake it, And keep it back in the midst of his palate,
Study Bible
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
12Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he conceals it under his tongue, 13though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth, 14yet his food will sour in his stomach to the venom of cobras within him.…
Cross References
Numbers 11:18
And say to the people: Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, and you will eat meat, because you have cried out in the hearing of the LORD, saying, 'Who will feed us meat? For we were better off in Egypt.' Therefore the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat.

Numbers 11:33
But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the LORD's anger burned against the people, and the LORD struck them with a severe plague.

Job 20:14
yet his food will sour in his stomach to the venom of cobras within him.

Job 20:23
When he has filled his stomach, God will vent His fury upon him, raining it down on him as he eats.

Proverbs 19:28
A corrupt witness mocks justice, and a wicked mouth swallows iniquity.

Treasury of Scripture

Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:

spare it

Matthew 5:29,30
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell…

Mark 9:43-49
And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: …

Romans 8:13
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.

within his mouth.







Lexicon
though he cannot bear
יַחְמֹ֣ל (yaḥ·mōl)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2550: To commiserate, to spare

to let it go
יַֽעַזְבֶ֑נָּה (ya·‘az·ḇen·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5800: To loosen, relinquish, permit

and keeps
וְ֝יִמְנָעֶ֗נָּה (wə·yim·nā·‘en·nāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4513: To debar, from benefit, injury

it in
בְּת֣וֹךְ (bə·ṯō·wḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8432: A bisection, the centre

his mouth,
חִכּֽוֹ׃ (ḥik·kōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums
20:10-22 The miserable condition of the wicked man in this world is fully set forth. The lusts of the flesh are here called the sins of his youth. His hiding it and keeping it under his tongue, denotes concealment of his beloved lust, and delight therein. But He who knows what is in the heart, knows what is under the tongue, and will discover it. The love of the world, and of the wealth of it, also is wickedness, and man sets his heart upon these. Also violence and injustice, these sins bring God's judgments upon nations and families. Observe the punishment of the wicked man for these things. Sin is turned into gall, than which nothing is more bitter; it will prove to him poison; so will all unlawful gains be. In his fulness he shall be in straits, through the anxieties of his own mind. To be led by the sanctifying grace of God to restore what was unjustly gotten, as Zaccheus was, is a great mercy. But to be forced to restore by the horrors of a despairing conscience, as Judas was, has no benefit and comfort attending it.
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