Job 20:14
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New International Version
yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.

King James Bible
Yet his meat in his bowels is turned, it is the gall of asps within him.

Darby Bible Translation
His food is turned in his bowels; it is the gall of asps within him.

World English Bible
yet his food in his bowels is turned. It is cobra venom within him.

Young's Literal Translation
His food in his bowels is turned, The bitterness of asps is in his heart.

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Commentary
Clarke'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

his meat

2 Samuel 11:2-5 And it came to pass in an evening, that David arose from off his bed, and walked on the roof of the king's house...

2 Samuel 12:10,11 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because you have despised me...

Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long...

Psalm 38:1-8 O lord, rebuke me not in your wrath: neither chasten me in your hot displeasure...

Psalm 51:8,9 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which you have broken may rejoice...

Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

Proverbs 23:20,21,29-35 Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh...

Jeremiah 2:19 Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall reprove you...

Malachi 2:2 If you will not hear, and if you will not lay it to heart, to give glory to my name, said the LORD of hosts...

the gall

Job 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: the viper's tongue shall slay him.

Deuteronomy 32:24 They shall be burnt with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction...

Romans 3:13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

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June 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

God.
GLORY OF GOD. God is the chief good--good so as nothing is but himself. He is in himself most happy; yea, all good and all true happiness are only to be found in God, as that which is essential to his nature; nor is there any good or any happiness in or with any creature or thing but what is communicated to it by God. God is the only desirable good; nothing without him is worthy of our hearts. Right thoughts of God are able to ravish the heart; how much more happy is the man that has interest in
John Bunyan—The Riches of Bunyan

Cross References
Job 20:13
though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,

Job 20:15
He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.

Job 20:23
When he has filled his belly, God will vent his burning anger against him and rain down his blows on him.

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