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Job 20:12–18

12  “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,

though he hides it ounder his tongue,

13  though he is loath to let it go

and holds it in his mouth,

14  yet his food is turned in his stomach;

it is the venom of pcobras within him.

15  He swallows down riches and vomits them up again;

God casts them out of his belly.

16  He will suck the poison of cobras;

qthe tongue of a viper will kill him.

17  He will not look upon rthe rivers,

the streams flowing with shoney and tcurds.

18  He will ugive back the fruit of his toil

and will not vswallow it down;

from the profit of his trading

he will get no enjoyment.

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Job 20:12–18 — The New International Version (NIV)

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.

16 He will suck the poison of serpents;

the fangs of an adder will kill him.

17 He will not enjoy the streams,

the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

18 What he toiled for he must give back uneaten;

he will not enjoy the profit from his trading.

Job 20:12–18 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth,

Though he hide it under his tongue;

13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not;

But keep it still within his mouth:

14 Yet his meat in his bowels is turned,

It is the gall of asps within him.

15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again:

God shall cast them out of his belly.

16 He shall suck the poison of asps:

The viper’s tongue shall slay him.

17 He shall not see the rivers,

The floods, the brooks of honey and butter.

18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down:

According to his substance shall the restitution be, and he shall not rejoice therein.

Job 20:12–18 — New Living Translation (NLT)

12 “They enjoyed the sweet taste of wickedness,

letting it melt under their tongue.

13 They savored it,

holding it long in their mouths.

14 But suddenly the food in their bellies turns sour,

a poisonous venom in their stomach.

15 They will vomit the wealth they swallowed.

God won’t let them keep it down.

16 They will suck the poison of cobras.

The viper will kill them.

17 They will never again enjoy streams of olive oil

or rivers of milk and honey.

18 They will give back everything they worked for.

Their wealth will bring them no joy.

Job 20:12–18 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth,

And he hides it under his tongue,

13 Though he spares it and does not forsake it,

But still keeps it in his mouth,

14 Yet his food in his stomach turns sour;

It becomes cobra venom within him.

15 He swallows down riches

And vomits them up again;

God casts them out of his belly.

16 He will suck the poison of cobras;

The viper’s tongue will slay him.

17 He will not see the streams,

The rivers flowing with honey and cream.

18 He will restore that for which he labored,

And will not swallow it down;

From the proceeds of business

He will get no enjoyment.

Job 20:12–18 — New Century Version (NCV)

12 “Evil may taste sweet in their mouths,

and they may hide it under their tongues.

13 They cannot stand to let go of it;

they keep it in their mouths.

14 But their food will turn sour in their stomachs,

like the poison of a snake inside them.

15 They have swallowed riches, but they will spit them out;

God will make them vomit their riches up.

16 They will suck the poison of snakes,

and the snake’s fangs will kill them.

17 They will not admire the sparkling streams

or the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

18 They must give back what they worked for without eating it;

they will not enjoy the money they made from their trading,

Job 20:12–18 — American Standard Version (ASV)

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth,

Though he hide it under his tongue,

13 Though he spare it, and will not let it go,

But keep it still within his mouth;

14 Yet his food in his bowels is turned,

It is the gall of asps within him.

15 He hath swallowed down riches, and he shall vomit them up again;

God will cast them out of his belly.

16 He shall suck the poison of asps:

The viper’s tongue shall slay him.

17 He shall not look upon the rivers,

The flowing streams of honey and butter.

18 That which he labored for shall he restore, and shall not swallow it down;

According to the substance that he hath gotten, he shall not rejoice.

Job 20:12–18 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

12 Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth and he hide it under his tongue, 13 Though he spare it, and forsake it not, but keep it within his mouth, 14 His food is turned in his bowels; it is the gall of asps within him. 15 He hath swallowed down riches, but he shall vomit them up again: •God shall cast them out of his belly. 16 He shall suck the poison of asps; the viper’s tongue shall kill him. 17 He shall not see streams, rivers, brooks of honey and butter. 18 That which he laboured for shall he restore, and not swallow down; its restitution shall be according to the value, and he shall not rejoice therein.

Job 20:12–18 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

12 “Though evil is sweet in his mouth 

and he hides it under his tongue.… 

13 Though he savors it and won’t let go of it 

and he holds it on the roof of his mouth, 

14 the food in his belly turns sour. 

It becomes snake venom in his stomach. 

15 He vomits up the riches that he swallowed. 

God forces them out of his stomach. 

16 The godless person sucks the poison of snakes. 

A viper’s fang kills him. 

17 He won’t be able to drink from the streams 

or from the rivers of honey and buttermilk. 

18 He will give back what he earned without enjoying it. 

He will get no joy from the profits of his business 

Job 20:12–18 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

12 Though evil tastes sweet in his mouth

and he conceals it under his tongue,

13 though he cherishes it and will not let it go

but keeps it in his mouth,

14 yet the food in his stomach turns

into cobras’ venom inside him.

15 He swallows wealth but must vomit it up;

God will force it from his stomach.

16 He will suck the poison of cobras;

a viper’s fangs will kill him.

17 He will not enjoy the streams,

the rivers flowing with honey and cream.

18 He must return the fruit of his labor without consuming it;

he doesn’t enjoy the profits from his trading.

Job 20:12–18 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

12 “Though wickedness is sweet in their mouth,

though they hide it under their tongues,

13 though they are loath to let it go,

and hold it in their mouths,

14 yet their food is turned in their stomachs;

it is the venom of asps within them.

15 They swallow down riches and vomit them up again;

God casts them out of their bellies.

16 They will suck the poison of asps;

the tongue of a viper will kill them.

17 They will not look on the rivers,

the streams flowing with honey and curds.

18 They will give back the fruit of their toil,

and will not swallow it down;

from the profit of their trading

they will get no enjoyment.

Job 20:12–18 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

12 “Though wickedness tastes sweet in his mouth,

and he hides it under his tongue,

13 though he spares it and does not let it go

and holds it back in the midst of his palate,

14 in his bowels his food is turned,

the venom of horned vipers is within him.

15 He swallows riches, but he vomits them up;

God drives them out from his stomach.

16 He will suck the poison of horned vipers;

the viper’s tongue will kill him.

17 He will not enjoy the streams,

the torrents of honey and curds.

18 Returning the products of his toil, he will not swallow;

according to the profit of his trade, he will not enjoy,

Job 20:12–18 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

12 “Anything that is evil tastes sweet to them.

They keep it under their tongues for a while.

13 They can’t stand to let it go.

So they hold it in their mouths.

14 But their food will turn sour in their stomachs.

It will become like the poison of a serpent inside them.

15 They will spit out the rich food they swallowed.

God will make their stomachs throw it up.

16 They will suck the poison of a serpent.

The fangs of an adder will kill them.

17 They won’t enjoy streams that flow with honey.

They won’t enjoy rivers that flow with cream.

18 What they worked for they must give back

before they can eat it.

They won’t enjoy what they have earned.

Job 20:12–18 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

12 Though evil is sweet in his mouth

And he hides it under his tongue,

13 Though he desires it and will not let it go,

But holds it in his mouth,

14 Yet his food in his stomach is changed

To the venom of cobras within him.

15 “He swallows riches,

But will vomit them up;

God will expel them from his belly.

16 “He sucks the poison of cobras;

The viper’s tongue slays him.

17 “He does not look at the streams,

The rivers flowing with honey and curds.

18 “He returns what he has attained

And cannot swallow it;

As to the riches of his trading,

He cannot even enjoy them.