Job 33:20
New International Version
so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.

New Living Translation
They lose their appetite for even the most delicious food.

English Standard Version
so that his life loathes bread, and his appetite the choicest food.

Berean Study Bible
so that he detests his bread, and his soul loathes his favorite food.

King James Bible
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.

New King James Version
So that his life abhors bread, And his soul succulent food.

New American Standard Bible
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul, food that he should crave.

NASB 1995
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.

NASB 1977
So that his life loathes bread, And his soul favorite food.

Amplified Bible
So that his life makes him loathe food, And his soul [loathe] even his favorite dishes.

Christian Standard Bible
so that he detests bread, and his soul despises his favorite food.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that he detests bread, and his soul despises his favorite food.

American Standard Version
So that his life abhorreth bread, And his soul dainty food.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
His flesh will waste away from his fear, and his soul will not be satisfied with bread, and his soul will lust for food

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he shall not be able to take any food, though his soul shall desire meat;

Contemporary English Version
Merely the thought of our favorite food makes our stomachs sick,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Bread becometh abominable to him in his life, and to his soul the meat which before he desired.

English Revised Version
So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat.

Good News Translation
Those who are sick lose their appetites, and even the finest food looks revolting.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
so that their whole being hates food and they lose their appetite for a delicious meal.

International Standard Version
He cannot stand his food, and he has no desire for appetizing food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So that his life maketh him to abhor bread, And his soul dainty food.

Literal Standard Version
And his life has nauseated bread, And his soul desirable food.

NET Bible
so that his life loathes food, and his soul rejects appetizing fare.

New Heart English Bible
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul choicest food.

World English Bible
So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.

Young's Literal Translation
And his life hath nauseated bread, And his soul desirable food.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Rebukes Job
19A man is also chastened on his bed with pain and constant distress in his bones, 20so that he detests his bread, and his soul loathes his favorite food. 21His flesh wastes away from sight, and his hidden bones protrude.…

Cross References
Job 3:24
I sigh when food is put before me, and my groans pour out like water.

Job 6:7
My soul refuses to touch them; they are loathsome food to me.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is afflicted, and withered like grass; I even forget to eat my bread.

Psalm 107:18
They loathed all food and drew near to the gates of death.


Treasury of Scripture

So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty meat.

his life

Psalm 107:17,18
Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted…

dainty meat.

Genesis 3:6
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Jeremiah 3:19
But I said, How shall I put thee among the children, and give thee a pleasant land, a goodly heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, Thou shalt call me, My father; and shalt not turn away from me.

Amos 5:11
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.









Verse 20 - Be that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul dainty meat. Eating and drinking are detestable to the man who is stretched on a bed of sickness (comp. Psalm 107:18, "Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death"). The chains that bind to earth fall off, and the soul is left open to loftier influences.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
so that he
חַיָּת֣וֹ (ḥay·yā·ṯōw)
Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

detests
וְזִֽהֲמַ֣תּוּ (wə·zi·hă·mat·tū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person feminine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's 2092: To be rancid, to loathe

his bread,
לָ֑חֶם (lā·ḥem)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 3899: Food, bread, grain

and his soul
וְ֝נַפְשׁ֗וֹ (wə·nap̄·šōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

[loathes] his favorite
תַּאֲוָֽה׃ (ta·’ă·wāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8378: A longing, a delight

food.
מַאֲכַ֥ל (ma·’ă·ḵal)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3978: An eatable


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