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Job 20:13

13 though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,

Job 20:13 in Other Translations

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not; but keep it still within his mouth:
13 though he is loath to let it go and holds it in his mouth,
13 They savored it, holding it long in their mouths.
13 Prolong the flavor, a dalliance in decadence - real gourmets of evil!
13 though he cherishes it and will not let it go but keeps it in his mouth,

Job 20:13 Meaning and Commentary

Job 20:13

[Though] he spare it
Not that he feeds sparingly on it, for he eats of it freely and plentifully, with great eagerness and greediness; it designs the gratefulness of it to him; he does not spit it out as loathsome, having tasted of it, but retains it as sweet and pleasant; he spares it as Saul did Agag, and as a man spares his only son; sin being a child, a brat of a wicked man, and therefore it is dear unto him:

and forsake it not:
as he never will, until he is fully convinced of the evil of it, and it becomes exceeding sinful to him, and so loathsome and disagreeable; and he is restrained from it by the grace of God, and enabled by it to desert it, for such an one only finds mercy, ( Proverbs 28:13 ) ;

but keep it still within his mouth;
like an epicure, that will not suffer his food quickly to go down his throat into his stomach, that he may have the greater pleasure in tasting, palating, and relishing it; as Philoxenus, who wished his throat as long as a crane's, that he might be the longer in tasting the sweetness of what he ate and drank; so the wicked man keeps sin within his mouth, not by restraining his mouth from speaking evil, rather by a non-confession of it, but chiefly by continuing and persisting in it, that he might have all the pleasure and satisfaction he has promised himself in it.

Job 20:13 In-Context

11 The youthful vigor that fills his bones will lie with him in the dust.
12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth and he hides it under his tongue,
13 though he cannot bear to let it go and lets it linger in his mouth,
14 yet his food will turn sour in his stomach; it will become the venom of serpents within him.
15 He will spit out the riches he swallowed; God will make his stomach vomit them up.

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Numbers 11:18-20
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