Job 6:6
New International Version
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the sap of the mallow?

New Living Translation
Don’t people complain about unsalted food? Does anyone want the tasteless white of an egg?

English Standard Version
Can that which is tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the juice of the mallow?

Berean Study Bible
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg?

King James Bible
Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

New King James Version
Can flavorless food be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

New American Standard Bible
“Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the juice of an alkanet plant?

NASB 1995
"Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

NASB 1977
“Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Amplified Bible
“Can something that has no taste to it be eaten without salt? Or is there any flavor in the white of an egg?

Christian Standard Bible
Is bland food eaten without salt? Is there flavor in an egg white?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Is bland food eaten without salt? Is there flavor in an egg white?

American Standard Version
Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Or is a tasteless thing eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the mucilage of a mallows plant?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Shall bread be eaten without salt? or again, is there taste in empty words?

Contemporary English Version
What is food without salt? What is more tasteless than the white of an egg?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Or can an unsavoury thing be eaten, that is not seasoned with salt? or can a man taste that which when tasted bringeth death?

English Revised Version
Can that which hath no savour be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Good News Translation
But who can eat flat, unsalted food? What taste is there in the white of an egg?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there any flavor in the white of an egg?

International Standard Version
Tasteless food isn't eaten without salt, is it? Is there any taste in an egg white?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Can that which hath no savour be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the juice of mallows?

Literal Standard Version
Is an insipid thing eaten without salt? Is there sense in the drivel of dreams?

NET Bible
Can food that is tasteless be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

New Heart English Bible
Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

World English Bible
Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Young's Literal Translation
Eaten is an insipid thing without salt? Is there sense in the drivel of dreams?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Replies: My Complaint is Just
5Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder? 6Is tasteless food eaten without salt, or is there flavor in the white of an egg? 7My soul refuses to touch them; they are loathsome food to me.…

Cross References
Matthew 5:13
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its savor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.

Job 6:5
Does a wild donkey bray over fresh grass, or an ox low over its fodder?

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


Treasury of Scripture

Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

that which.

Job 6:25
How forcible are right words! but what doth your arguing reprove?

Job 16:2
I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Leviticus 2:13
And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.

taste.

Job 6:30
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

Job 12:11
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Job 34:3
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.









Verse 6. - Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or, that which is insipid. Many critics suppose that in this and the following verse Job reproaches Eliphaz with the insipidity of his remarks, and declares that his soul refuses to touch such loathsome food. Others regard him as still speaking in his own defence, and justifying his expressions of disgust by the nauseous character of the food which had been put before him; i.e. of the treatment which he has received. Either explanation produces good sense; but perhaps the former is the more natural. Or is there any taste in the white of an egg? So our Revisers; and so Dillmann and Canon Cook. Professor Lee suggests "the whey of cheese" for "the white of an egg;" others, "the juice of purslaine." We have certainly no other evidence that eggs were eaten in primitive times.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Is tasteless food
תָּ֭פֵל (tā·p̄êl)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8602: Plaster, slime, frivolity

eaten
הֲיֵאָכֵ֣ל (hă·yê·’ā·ḵêl)
Verb - Nifal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 398: To eat

without
מִבְּלִי־ (mib·bə·lî-)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's 1097: Failure, nothing, destruction, without, not yet, because not, as long as

salt,
מֶ֑לַח (me·laḥ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4417: Powder, salt

or
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

is there
יֶשׁ־ (yeš-)
Adverb
Strong's 3426: Being, substance, existence, is

flavor
טַ֝֗עַם (ṭa·‘am)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2940: A taste, perception, intelligence, a mandate

in the white
בְּרִ֣יר (bə·rîr)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7388: To flow (like slime)

of an egg?
חַלָּמֽוּת׃ (ḥal·lā·mūṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2495: (a plant), probably a purslane


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