New International Version
though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,
King James Bible
Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
Darby Bible Translation
[Though] he spare it, and forsake it not, but keep it within his mouth,
World English Bible
though he spare it, and will not let it go, but keep it still within his mouth;
Young's Literal Translation
Hath pity on it, and doth not forsake it, And keep it back in the midst of his palate,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth - This seems to refer to the secret sins mentioned above.
Hide it under his tongue - This and the four following verses contain an allegory; and the reference is to a man who, instead of taking wholesome food, takes what is poisonous, and is so delighted with it because it is sweet, that he rolls it under his tongue, and will scarcely let it down into his stomach, he is so delighted with the taste; "he spares it, and forsakes it not, but keeps it still within his mouth," Job 20:13. "But when he swallows it, it is turned to the gall of asps within him," Job 20:14, which shall corrode and torture his bowels.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
within his mouth. Heb. in the midst of his palate
LibraryJune 9 Evening
The triumphing of the wicked is short.--JOB 20:5. Thou shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
"Tell the people: 'Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The LORD heard you when you wailed, "If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!" Now the LORD will give you meat, and you will eat it.
But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the LORD burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague.
yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.
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