One who is full loathes honey from the comb, but to the hungry even what is bitter tastes sweet.
This wise saying discusses two different situations in which the same people might well find themselves. Neither is right or wrong, but both offer valuable insights about life.
The first, “one who is full” or “satisfied,” didn’t necessarily do anything good or bad. They simply had the opportunity to do something most in the ancient world did not experience very often – they absolutely had enough to eat!
Feeling that way wasn’t wicked – they were just full. And, consequently, they couldn’t even appreciate the sweetest thing they know – the chocolate of their day – fresh flowing “honey from the comb.”
On the other hand, “the hungry” are willing to eat almost anything – “even what is bitter.” And, maybe even more amazing, “what is bitter tastes sweet” to them.
We can all appreciate the opportunity to have all we want of something we like. But, it’s also pretty meaningful to be in a place where we can just be happy with what we have – whether little or lots, bitter or sweet!