New American Standard Bible
Bread obtained by falsehood is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.
King James Bible
Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
Darby Bible Translation
Bread of falsehood is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.
World English Bible
Fraudulent food is sweet to a man, but afterwards his mouth is filled with gravel.
Young's Literal Translation
Sweet to a man is the bread of falsehood, And afterwards is his mouth filled with gravel.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
"To eat gravel" was a Hebrew Lam 3:16, and is an Arabic, phrase for getting into trouble. So "bread," got by deceit, tastes sweet at first, but ends by leaving the hunger of the soul unsatisfied. There is a pleasure in the sense of cleverness felt after a hard bargain or a successful fraud, which must be met by bidding men look on the after consequences.
LibraryA String of Pearls
'Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. 2. The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul. 3. It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. 4. The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. 5. Counsel in the heart of man is like deep water; but a man of understanding will draw it out. 6. Most men will …
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He has broken my teeth with gravel; He has made me cower in the dust.
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