Job 20:14
New International Version
yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.

New Living Translation
But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour, a poisonous venom in their stomach.

English Standard Version
yet his food is turned in his stomach; it is the venom of cobras within him.

Berean Study Bible
yet in his stomach his food sours into the venom of cobras within him.

King James Bible
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

New King James Version
Yet his food in his stomach turns sour; It becomes cobra venom within him.

New American Standard Bible
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.

NASB 1995
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.

NASB 1977
Yet his food in his stomach is changed To the venom of cobras within him.

Amplified Bible
Yet his food turns [to poison] in his stomach; It is the venom of vipers within him.

Christian Standard Bible
yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras’ venom inside him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
yet the food in his stomach turns into cobras’ venom inside him.

American Standard Version
Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
His bread in his stomach will be turned, and the venom of The Dragon is within him

Brenton Septuagint Translation
yet he shall not at all be able to help himself; the gall of an asp is in his belly.

Contemporary English Version
But their food will turn sour and poison their stomachs.

Douay-Rheims Bible
His bread in his belly shall be turned into the gall of asps within him.

English Revised Version
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

Good News Translation
But in their stomachs the food turns bitter, as bitter as any poison could be.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the food in his belly turns sour. It becomes snake venom in his stomach.

International Standard Version
his food will turn rancid in his stomach— it will become a cobra's poison inside him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

Literal Standard Version
his food is turned in his bowels, the bitterness of cobras [is] in his heart.

NET Bible
his food is turned sour in his stomach; it becomes the venom of serpents within him.

New Heart English Bible
yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

World English Bible
yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

Young's Literal Translation
His food in his bowels is turned, The bitterness of asps is in his heart.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
13though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth, 14yet in his stomach his food sours into the venom of cobras within him. 15He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.…

Cross References
Job 20:13
though he cannot bear to let it go and keeps it in his mouth,

Job 20:15
He swallows wealth but vomits it out; God will force it from his stomach.

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


Treasury of Scripture

Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

his meat

2 Samuel 11:2-5
And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon…

2 Samuel 12:10,11
Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife…

Psalm 32:3,4
When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

the gall

Job 20:16
He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

Deuteronomy 32:24
They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust.

Romans 3:13
Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:









Verse 14. - Yet his meat in his bowels is turned. Still, a time comes when the self-complacency of the wicked man is shaken. He experiences a failure of health or spirits. Then, suddenly, it is as if the meat that he has swallowed had been turned to poison in his bowels, as if the gall of asps were within him. Compare what Bishop Butler says of the sudden waking up of a man's conscience ('Analogy,' pt. 1. ch. 2. p. 52). The ancients seem to have known that the poison of serpents was a strong acid, and therefore supposed that it was secreted by the gallbladder (see Pliny, 'Hist. Nat.,' 11:37).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
yet his food
לַ֭חְמוֹ (laḥ·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

will sour
נֶהְפָּ֑ךְ (neh·pāḵ)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

in his stomach
בְּמֵעָ֣יו (bə·mê·‘āw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 4578: The intestines, the abdomen, sympathy, a vest, the stomach, the uterus, the heart

to the venom
מְרוֹרַ֖ת (mə·rō·w·raṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 4846: Bitterness, a bitter thing, bile, venom

of cobras
פְּתָנִ֣ים (pə·ṯā·nîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6620: (a venomous serpent) perhaps cobra

within him.
בְּקִרְבּֽוֹ׃ (bə·qir·bōw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 7130: The nearest part, the center


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