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Gen 26:35

(NIV)
They were a source of grief to Isaac and Rebekah.

(ESV)
and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

Gen 27:34

(NIV)
When Esau heard his father’s words, he burst out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, ‘Bless me – me too, my father!’

(ESV)
As soon as Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!”

Gen 49:23

(NIV)
With bitterness archers attacked him;
they shot at him with hostility.
(ESV)
The archers bitterly attacked him,
shot at him, and harassed him severely,

Exod 1:14

(NIV)
They made their lives bitter with harsh labour in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their harsh labour, the Egyptians worked them ruthlessly.

(ESV)
and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.

Exod 12:8

(NIV)
That same night they are to eat the meat roasted over the fire, along with bitter herbs, and bread made without yeast.
(ESV)
They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it.

Exod 15:23

(NIV)
When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah. )
(ESV)
When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah.

Exod 23:21

(NIV)
Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him.
(ESV)
Pay careful attention to him and obey his voice; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression, for my name is in him.

Num 5:18

(NIV)
After the priest has made the woman stand before the  Lord, he shall loosen her hair and place in her hands the reminder-offering, the grain offering for jealousy, while he himself holds the bitter water that brings a curse.
(ESV)
And the priest shall set the woman before the  Lord and unbind the hair of the woman’s head and place in her hands the grain offering of remembrance, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And in his hand the priest shall have the water of bitterness that brings the curse.

Num 5:19

(NIV)
Then the priest shall put the woman under oath and say to her, ‘If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you.
(ESV)
Then the priest shall make her take an oath, saying, ‘If no man has lain with you, and if you have not turned aside to uncleanness while you were under your husband’s authority, be free from this water of bitterness that brings the curse.

Num 5:23

(NIV)
‘“The priest is to write these curses on a scroll and then wash them off into the bitter water.
(ESV)
“Then the priest shall write these curses in a book and wash them off into the water of bitterness.

Num 5:24

(NIV)
He shall make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse, and this water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering will enter her.
(ESV)
And he shall make the woman drink the water of bitterness that brings the curse, and the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain.

Num 5:27

(NIV)
If she has made herself impure and been unfaithful to her husband, this will be the result: when she is made to drink the water that brings a curse and causes bitter suffering, it will enter her, her abdomen will swell and her womb will miscarry, and she will become a curse.
(ESV)
And when he has made her drink the water, then, if she has defiled herself and has broken faith with her husband, the water that brings the curse shall enter into her and cause bitter pain, and her womb shall swell, and her thigh shall fall away, and the woman shall become a curse among her people.

Num 9:11

(NIV)
but they are to do it on the fourteenth day of the second month at twilight. They are to eat the lamb, together with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
(ESV)
In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

Deut 32:24

(NIV)
I will send wasting famine against them,
consuming pestilence and deadly plague;
I will send against them the fangs of wild beasts,
the venom of vipers that glide in the dust.
(ESV)
they shall be wasted with hunger,
and devoured by plague
and poisonous pestilence;
I will send the teeth of beasts against them,
with the venom of things that crawl in the dust.

Judg 18:25

(NIV)
The Danites answered, ‘Don’t argue with us, or some of the men may get angry and attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives.’
(ESV)
And the people of Dan said to him, “Do not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you, and you lose your life with the lives of your household.”

Ruth 1:13

(NIV)
would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the  Lord’s hand has turned against me!’

(ESV)
would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the  Lord has gone out against me.”

Ruth 1:20

(NIV)
‘Don’t call me Naomi,’ she told them. ‘Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.
(ESV)
She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.

1Sam 1:10

(NIV)
In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the  Lord, weeping bitterly.
(ESV)
She was deeply distressed and prayed to the  Lord and wept bitterly.

1Sam 15:32

(NIV)
Then Samuel said, ‘Bring me Agag king of the Amalekites.’

Agag came to him in chains. And he thought, ‘Surely the bitterness of death is past.’

(ESV)
Then Samuel said, “Bring here to me Agag the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.”

1Sam 22:2

(NIV)
All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered round him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.

(ESV)
And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was bitter in soul gathered to him. And he became commander over them. And there were with him about four hundred men.

1Sam 30:6

(NIV)
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the  Lord his God.

(ESV)
And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the  Lord his God.

2Sam 2:26

(NIV)
Abner called out to Joab, ‘Must the sword devour for ever? Don’t you realise that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?’

(ESV)
Then Abner called to Joab, “Shall the sword devour forever? Do you not know that the end will be bitter? How long will it be before you tell your people to turn from the pursuit of their brothers?”

2Sam 17:8

(NIV)
You know your father and his men; they are fighters, and as fierce as a wild bear robbed of her cubs. Besides, your father is an experienced fighter; he will not spend the night with the troops.
(ESV)
Hushai said, “You know that your father and his men are mighty men, and that they are enraged like a bear robbed of her cubs in the field. Besides, your father is expert in war; he will not spend the night with the people.

2Kgs 4:27

(NIV)
When she reached the man of God at the mountain, she took hold of his feet. Gehazi came over to push her away, but the man of God said, ‘Leave her alone! She is in bitter distress, but the  Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me why.’

(ESV)
And when she came to the mountain to the man of God, she caught hold of his feet. And Gehazi came to push her away. But the man of God said, “Leave her alone, for she is in bitter distress, and the  Lord has hidden it from me and has not told me.”

Esth 4:1

(NIV)
When Mordecai learned of all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the city, wailing loudly and bitterly.
(ESV)
When Mordecai learned all that had been done, Mordecai tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city, and he cried out with a loud and bitter cry.

Job 3:20

(NIV)
‘Why is light given to those in misery,
and life to the bitter of soul,
(ESV)
Why is light given to him who is in misery,
and life to the bitter in soul,

Job 7:11

(NIV)
‘Therefore I will not keep silent;
I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit,
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.
(ESV)
Therefore I will not restrain my mouth;
I will speak in the anguish of my spirit;
I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 9:18

(NIV)
He would not let me catch my breath
but would overwhelm me with misery.
(ESV)
he will not let me get my breath,
but fills me with bitterness.

Job 10:1

(NIV)
‘I loathe my very life;
therefore I will give free rein to my complaint
and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.
(ESV)
“I loathe my life;
I will give free utterance to my complaint;
I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.

Job 21:25

(NIV)
Another dies in bitterness of soul,
never having enjoyed anything good.
(ESV)
Another dies in bitterness of soul,
never having tasted of prosperity.

Job 27:2

(NIV)
‘As surely as God lives, who has denied me justice,
the Almighty, who has made my life bitter,
(ESV)
“As God lives, who has taken away my right,
and the Almighty, who has made my soul bitter,

Ps 64:3

(NIV)
They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
(ESV)
who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,

Prov 5:4

(NIV)
but in the end she is bitter as gall,
sharp as a double-edged sword.
(ESV)
but in the end she is bitter as wormwood,
sharp as a two-edged sword.

Prov 14:10

(NIV)
Each heart knows its own bitterness,
and no one else can share its joy.
(ESV)
The heart knows its own bitterness,
and no stranger shares its joy.

Prov 17:25

(NIV)
A foolish son brings grief to his father
and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
(ESV)
A foolish son is a grief to his father
and bitterness to her who bore him.

Prov 27:7

(NIV)
One who is full loathes honey from the comb,
but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
(ESV)
One who is full loathes honey,
but to one who is hungry everything bitter is sweet.

Prov 31:6

(NIV)
Let beer be for those who are perishing,
wine for those who are in anguish!
(ESV)
Give strong drink to the one who is perishing,
and wine to those in bitter distress;

Eccl 7:26

(NIV)
I find more bitter than death
the woman who is a snare,
whose heart is a trap
and whose hands are chains.
The man who pleases God will escape her,
but the sinner she will ensnare.
(ESV)
And I find something more bitter than death: the woman whose heart is snares and nets, and whose hands are fetters. He who pleases God escapes her, but the sinner is taken by her.

Isa 5:20

(NIV)
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.
(ESV)
Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter!

Isa 22:4

(NIV)
Therefore I said, ‘Turn away from me;
let me weep bitterly.
Do not try to console me
over the destruction of my people.’
(ESV)
Therefore I said:
“Look away from me;
let me weep bitter tears;
do not labor to comfort me
concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”

Isa 24:9

(NIV)
No longer do they drink wine with a song;
the beer is bitter to its drinkers.
(ESV)
No more do they drink wine with singing;
strong drink is bitter to those who drink it.

Isa 33:7

(NIV)
Look, their brave men cry aloud in the streets;
the envoys of peace weep bitterly.
(ESV)
Behold, their heroes cry in the streets;
the envoys of peace weep bitterly.

Isa 38:15

(NIV)
But what can I say?
He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.
I will walk humbly all my years
because of this anguish of my soul.
(ESV)
What shall I say? For he has spoken to me,
and he himself has done it.
I walk slowly all my years
because of the bitterness of my soul.

Isa 38:17

(NIV)
Surely it was for my benefit
that I suffered such anguish.
In your love you kept me
from the pit of destruction;
you have put all my sins
behind your back.
(ESV)
Behold, it was for my welfare
that I had great bitterness;
but in love you have delivered my life
from the pit of destruction,
for you have cast all my sins
behind your back.

Jer 2:19

(NIV)
Your wickedness will punish you;
your backsliding will rebuke you.
Consider then and realise
how evil and bitter it is for you
when you forsake the  Lord your God
and have no awe of me,’
declares the Lord, the  Lord Almighty.
(ESV)
Your evil will chastise you,
and your apostasy will reprove you.
Know and see that it is evil and bitter
for you to forsake the  Lord your God;
the fear of me is not in you,

declares the Lord  God of hosts.

Jer 4:18

(NIV)
‘Your own conduct and actions
have brought this on you.
This is your punishment.
How bitter it is!
How it pierces to the heart!’
(ESV)
Your ways and your deeds
have brought this upon you.
This is your doom, and it is bitter;
it has reached your very heart.”

Jer 6:26

(NIV)
Put on sackcloth, my people,
and roll in ashes;
mourn with bitter wailing
as for an only son,
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon us.
(ESV)
O daughter of my people put on sackcloth,
and roll in ashes;
make mourning as for an only son,
most bitter lamentation,
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon us.

Jer 31:15

(NIV)
This is what the  Lord says:

‘A voice is heard in Ramah,
mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more.’
(ESV)
Thus says the  Lord:
“A voice is heard in Ramah,
lamentation and bitter weeping.
Rachel is weeping for her children;
she refuses to be comforted for her children,
because they are no more.”

Lam 1:4

(NIV)
The roads to Zion mourn,
for no one comes to her appointed festivals.
All her gateways are desolate,
her priests groan,
her young women grieve,
and she is in bitter anguish.
(ESV)
The roads to Zion mourn,
for none come to the festival;
all her gates are desolate;
her priests groan;
her virgins have been afflicted,
and she herself suffers bitterly.

Lam 3:15

(NIV)
He has filled me with bitter herbs
and given me gall to drink.
(ESV)
He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with wormwood.

Ezek 3:14

(NIV)
The Spirit then lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness and in the anger of my spirit, with the strong hand of the  Lord on me.
(ESV)
The Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness in the heat of my spirit, the hand of the  Lord being strong upon me.

Ezek 21:6

(NIV)
‘Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with broken heart and bitter grief.
(ESV)
“As for you, son of man groan; with breaking heart and bitter grief groan before their eyes.

Ezek 27:30

(NIV)
They will raise their voice
and cry bitterly over you;
they will sprinkle dust on their heads
and roll in ashes.
(ESV)
and shout aloud over you
and cry out bitterly.
They cast dust on their heads
and wallow in ashes;

Ezek 27:31

(NIV)
They will shave their heads because of you
and will put on sackcloth.
They will weep over you with anguish of soul
and with bitter mourning.
(ESV)
they make themselves bald for you
and put sackcloth on their waist,
and they weep over you in bitterness of soul,
with bitter mourning.

Dan 8:7

(NIV)
I saw it attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering its two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against it; the goat knocked it to the ground and trampled on it, and none could rescue the ram from its power.
(ESV)
I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him and struck the ram and broke his two horns. And the ram had no power to stand before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled on him. And there was no one who could rescue the ram from his power.

Dan 11:11

(NIV)
‘Then the king of the South will march out in a rage and fight against the king of the North, who will raise a large army, but it will be defeated.
(ESV)
Then the king of the south, moved with rage, shall come out and fight against the king of the north. And he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given into his hand.

Hos 12:14

(NIV)
But Ephraim has aroused his bitter anger;
his Lord will leave on him the guilt of his bloodshed
and will repay him for his contempt.
(ESV)
Ephraim has given bitter provocation;
so his Lord will leave his bloodguilt on him
and will repay him for his disgraceful deeds.

Amos 8:10

(NIV)
I will turn your religious festivals into mourning
and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth
and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.
(ESV)
I will turn your feasts into mourning
and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on every waist
and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.

Hab 1:6

(NIV)
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwellings not their own.
(ESV)
For behold I am raising up the Chaldeans,
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize dwellings not their own.

Zeph 1:14

(NIV)
The great day of the  Lord is near –
near and coming quickly.
The cry on the day of the  Lord is bitter;
the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.
(ESV)
The great day of the  Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the  Lord is bitter;
the mighty man cries aloud there.
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