New American Standard Bible
A worker's appetite works for him, For his hunger urges him on.
King James Bible
He that laboureth laboureth for himself; for his mouth craveth it of him.
Darby Bible Translation
The appetite of the labourer laboureth for him, for his mouth urgeth him on.
World English Bible
The appetite of the laboring man labors for him; for his mouth urges him on.
Young's Literal Translation
A labouring man hath laboured for himself, For his mouth hath caused him to bend over it.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
He that laboreth - literally, as in the margin, i. e., "The desire of the laborer labors for him" (or, helps him in his work), "for his mouth urges him on." Hunger of some kind is the spring of all hearty labor. Without that the man would sit down and take his ease. So also, unless there is a hunger in the soul, craving to be fed, there can be no true labor after righteousness and wisdom (compare Matthew 5:6).
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"He that ruleth his spirit is better than he that taketh a city" (Prov. xvi. 32). Temperance is true self-government. It involves the grace of self-denial and the spirit of a sound mind. It is that poise of spirit that holds us quiet, self-possessed, recollected, deliberate, and subject ever to the voice of God and the conviction of duty in every step we take. Many persons have not that poise and recollected spirit. They are drifting at the impulse of their own impressions, moods, the influence of …
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All a man's labor is for his mouth and yet the appetite is not satisfied.
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