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Job 20:14

    Job 20:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Yet his food in his bowels is turned, It is the gall of asps within him.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    His food becomes bitter in his stomach; the poison of snakes is inside him.

    Webster's Revision

    Yet his food in his bowels is turned, 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for Job 20:14

    Bowels - Inward parts; affections.
    Meat - Food.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 20:14

    Yet his meat - His food.

    In his bowels is turned - That is, it is as if he had taken food which was exceedingly pleasant, and had retained it in his mouth as long as possible, that he might enjoy it, but when he swallowed it, it became bitter and offensive; compare Revelation 10:9-10. Sin may be pleasant when it is committed, but its consequences will be bitter.

    It is the gall of asps - On the meaning of the word here rendered "asps" (פתן pethen), see the notes at Isaiah 11:8. There can be little doubt that the "asp," or aspic, of antiquity, which was so celebrated, is here intended. The bite was deadly, and was regarded as incurable. The sight became immediately dim after the bite - a swelling took place, and pain was felt in the stomach, followed by stupor, convulsions, and death. It is probably the same as the "boetan" of the Arabians. It is about a foot in length, and two inches in circumference - its color being black and white. "Pict. Bib." The word "gall" (מרורה merôrâh), means "bitterness, acridness" (compare Job 13:26); and hence, bile or gall. It is not improbable that it was formerly supposed that the poison of the serpent was contained in the gall, though it is now ascertained that it is found in a small sack in the mouth. It is used here as synonymous with the "poison" of asps - supposed to be "bitter" and "deadly." The meaning is, that sin, however pleasant and grateful it may be when committed, will be as destructive to the soul as food would be to the body, which, as soon as it was swallowed, became the most deadly poison. This is a fair account still of the effects of sin.

    Wesley's Notes on Job 20:14

    20:14 Turned - From sweet to bitter. Gall of asps - Exceeding bitter and pernicious. Gall is most bitter; the gall of serpents is full of poison; and the poison of asps is most dangerous and within a few hours kills without remedy.
    Book: Job