Job 11:2
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New International Version
"Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

New Living Translation
"Shouldn't someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking?

English Standard Version
“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?

New American Standard Bible
"Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?

King James Bible
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a talker be acquitted?

International Standard Version
"Shouldn't a multitude of words be answered, or a person who talks too much be vindicated?

NET Bible
"Should not this abundance of words be answered, or should this talkative man be vindicated?

New Heart English Bible
"Shouldn't the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Shouldn't someone answer this flood of words? Should a good public speaker be acquitted?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be accounted right?

New American Standard 1977
“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered,
            And a talkative man be acquitted?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

King James 2000 Bible
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

American King James Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

American Standard Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not he that speaketh much, hear also? or shall a man full of talk be justified?

Darby Bible Translation
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man of much talk be justified?

English Revised Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

Webster's Bible Translation
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

World English Bible
"Shouldn't the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?

Young's Literal Translation
Is a multitude of words not answered? And is a man of lips justified?
Study Bible
Zophar Rebukes Job
1Then Zophar the Naamathite answered, 2"Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted? 3"Shall your boasts silence men? And shall you scoff and none rebuke?…
Cross References
Job 8:2
"How long will you say these things, And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?

Job 11:1
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

Job 15:2
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind?

Job 18:2
"How long will you hunt for words? Show understanding and then we can talk.

Proverbs 10:19
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.
Treasury of Scripture

Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

the multitude

Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

Job 18:2 How long will it be ere you make an end of words? mark, and afterwards …

Psalm 140:11 Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt …

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains …

Acts 17:18 Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, …

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to …

full of talk. Heb. of lips

Verse 2. - Should not the multitude of words be answered? A "multitude of words" is often reproved in Scripture, and taken as a sign of either folly (Ecclesiastes 5:8) or sin (Proverbs 10:19). Job had certainly been somewhat unduly verbose, and laid himself open to the taunt here launched against him; but neither had brevity been studied by his other friends in their previous answers (ch. 4, 5, and 8.), nor is it greatly studied by Zophar here. And should a man full of talk be justified? literally, a man of lips which may mean either "a great talker" or "a man who makes many professions." There is a widespread prejudice against a great orator, and a widespread notion that a good cause does net need many words. Should not the multitude of words be answered?.... Zophar insinuates, that Job was a mere babbler, a talkative man, that had words, but no matter; said a great deal, but there was nothing in what he said; that his words were but wind, yea, in effect that he was a fool, who is commonly full of words, and is known by the multitude of them; and whereas he might think to bear down all before him in this way, and to discourage persons from giving him an answer; this Zophar suggests should not be the case, nor would he be deterred hereby from giving one, which he now undertook: some supply it, as Bar Tzemach, "should not a man of a multitude of words" (s), &c. a verbose man, a dealer in many words, and nothing else, should not he be "answered?" if he uses nothing but words, and there is no argument in them, they seem not to deserve an answer, unless it be to show the emptiness of them, expose a man's folly, and pull down his pride and vanity:

and should a man full of talk be justified? or "a man of lips" (t), an eloquent man, or one that affects to be so; a man of a fine speech, who artfully colours things, and makes a show of wisdom and truth, when there are neither in what he says; is such a man to be justified? he would seem to be in his own eyes at least, if not in the eyes of others, if not answered; he would be thought to have carried his point, to have had the better of the argument, and to have got the victory by dint of words and power of oratory; for this is not to be understood of justification before God; for as no man is heard and accepted by him for his "much speaking", as was the opinion of the Heathens, so neither are any justified on account of their many words, any more than their many works; since, in a multitude of words there are often not only much folly and weakness, but vanities and sins, Proverbs 10:19; there is indeed a sense in which a man is justified by his words, Matthew 12:37; when he confesses Christ, and professes to be justified by his righteousness, and believes in that, and pleads it as his justifying righteousness; he is justified by that righteousness; which is contained in the confession and profession of his faith; but this is not here meant.

(s) "an abundans verbis", Beza; "an multus verbis", Mercerus, so Kimchi & Ben Melech; and most Hebrew writers take for an adjective. (t) "vir labiorum", Montanus, Beza, Drusius, Vatablus, Mercerus, Bolducius, Cocceius, Schmidt, Michaelis. 2. Zophar assails Job for his empty words, and indirectly, the two friends, for their weak reply. Taciturnity is highly prized among Orientals (Pr 10:8, 19).11:1-6 Zophar attacked Job with great vehemence. He represented him as a man that loved to hear himself speak, though he could say nothing to the purpose, and as a man that maintained falsehoods. He desired God would show Job that less punishment was exacted than he deserved. We are ready, with much assurance, to call God to act in our quarrels, and to think that if he would but speak, he would take our part. We ought to leave all disputes to the judgment of God, which we are sure is according to truth; but those are not always right who are most forward to appeal to the Divine judgment.
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