Psalm 107:18
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New International Version
They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.

King James Bible
Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.

Darby Bible Translation
Their soul abhorreth all manner of food, and they draw near unto the gates of death:

World English Bible
Their soul abhors all kinds of food. They draw near to the gates of death.

Young's Literal Translation
All food doth their soul abominate, And they come nigh unto the gates of death,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat - A natural description of a sick man: appetite is gone, and all desire for food fails; nutriment is no longer necessary, for death has seized upon the whole frame. See a similar image, Job 33:20 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

abhorreth

Job 33:19-22 He is chastened also with pain on his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain...

and they

Psalm 9:13 Have mercy on me, O LORD; consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me, you that lift me up from the gates of death:

Psalm 88:3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near to the grave.

Isaiah 38:10 I said in the cutting off of my days, I shall go to the gates of the grave: I am deprived of the residue of my years.

Library
March 12. "They Wandered in the Wilderness in a Solitary Way" (Ps. Cvii. 4).
"They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way" (Ps. cvii. 4). All who fight the Lord's battles must be content to die to all the favorable opinions of men and all the flattery of human praise. You cannot make an exception in favor of the good opinions of the children of God. It is very easy for the insidious adversary to make this also all appeal to the flesh. It is all right when God sends us the approval of our fellow men, but we must never make it a motive in our life, but be content with
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Thankfulness for Mercies Received, a Necessary Duty
Numberless marks does man bear in his soul, that he is fallen and estranged from God; but nothing gives a greater proof thereof, than that backwardness, which every one finds within himself, to the duty of praise and thanksgiving. When God placed the first man in paradise, his soul no doubt was so filled with a sense of the riches of the divine love, that he was continually employing that breath of life, which the Almighty had not long before breathed into him, in blessing and magnifying that all-bountiful,
George Whitefield—Selected Sermons of George Whitefield

Effects of Messiah's Appearance
The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing. H ow beautiful and magnificent is the imagery, by which the Prophet, in this chapter, represents the effects of MESSIAH'S appearance! The scene, proposed to our view, is a barren and desolate wilderness. But when He, who in the beginning said, Let there be light, and there was light, condescends to visit this wilderness, the face of nature is
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Concerning Christian Liberty
CHRISTIAN faith has appeared to many an easy thing; nay, not a few even reckon it among the social virtues, as it were; and this they do, because they have not made proof of it experimentally, and have never tasted of what efficacy it is. For it is not possible for any man to write well about it, or to understand well what is rightly written, who has not at some time tasted of its spirit, under the pressure of tribulation. While he who has tasted of it, even to a very small extent, can never write,
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Cross References
Job 33:20
so that their body finds food repulsive and their soul loathes the choicest meal.

Job 33:22
They draw near to the pit, and their life to the messengers of death.

Job 38:17
Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

Psalm 9:13
LORD, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,

Psalm 88:3
I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.

Psalm 102:4
My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I forget to eat my food.

Psalm 107:19
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.

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