Job 12:11
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New International Version
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

New Living Translation
The ear tests the words it hears just as the mouth distinguishes between foods.

English Standard Version
Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

New American Standard Bible
"Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?

King James Bible
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Doesn't the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

International Standard Version
The ear scrutinizes speech just as the palate tastes food."

NET Bible
Does not the ear test words, as the tongue tastes food?

New Heart English Bible
Doesn't the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Doesn't the ear distinguish sounds and the tongue taste food?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

New American Standard 1977
“Does not the ear test words,
            As the palate tastes its food?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Certainly the ear proves words and the mouth tastes foods.

King James 2000 Bible
Does not the ear test words? and the mouth taste its food?

American King James Version
Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

American Standard Version
Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth not the ear discern words, and the palate of him that eateth, the taste?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth not the ear try words, as the palate tasteth food?

English Revised Version
Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate tasteth its meat?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste its food?

World English Bible
Doesn't the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth not the ear try words? And the palate taste food for itself?
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
10In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? 11"Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food? 12"Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.…
Cross References
Job 6:30
"Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern calamities?

Job 34:3
"For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.
Treasury of Scripture

Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Doth

Job 34:3 For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

1 Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge you what I say.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere …

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age…

1 Peter 2:3 If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

mouth. Heb. palate

Job 6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

(11) Doth not the ear try words?--Bildad had appealed to the wisdom of authority and tradition, but Job reminds him that it is given to the wise man not to accept everything he has received, but to discriminate. He allows that wisdom is the prerogative of age, but reminds him that the Ancient of Days must needs be wise indeed.

Verse 11. - Doth not the ear try words? and the month taste his meat? rather, as the palate tasteth its meat? (see the Revised Version). In other words, "Is it not as much the business of the ear to discriminate between wise and unwise words, as of the palate to determine between pleasant and unpleasant tastes?" The bearing of the verse on the general argument is not clear. Doth not the ear try words?.... Articulate sounds; and the mind by them judges whether what is expressed and designed by them is right or wrong, true or false, to be received or rejected; so such that have spiritual ears to hear, try the words of God and men, the wholesome words of Christ, and those of false teachers, which eat as a canker; and by their spiritual judgment can distinguish between the one and the other, discern those that differ, and approve those that are excellent, by bringing them to the standard of the word, the balance of the sanctuary, the Scriptures of truth:

and the mouth taste his meat? and judge of it, whether good or bad, or savoury or unsavoury, and so receive or reject it: thus such who have their taste changed, and relish spiritual things, can distinguish between the meat that perishes, and that which endures to everlasting life, even Christ, whose flesh is meat indeed; and those that have tasted that the Lord is gracious, and to whose taste the fruits of Christ and the doctrines of grace are sweet; these will desire the sincere milk of the word, and that strong meat in it, which belongs to discerning and experienced souls; and will feed by faith upon the pure word of the Gospel, and mix it with it, and reject all others. Job by this would signify, that the things his friends had been discoursing of, and which they thought were such deep and wonderful things, were as easy to be searched and found out, tried and judged of, as sounds by the ear, or food by the taste; and it may be also that hereby he suggests, that his doctrine, if it was impartially examined and tried by proper judges, it would appear as plain as anything tried by the ear, or tasted by the mouth. Some think that Job intends by this, that from the senses of hearing and tasting in men might be inferred the omniscience of God, his knowledge of all things, and his quick discernment of men, and their actions, since "he that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall not he see?" Psalm 94:9. Some versions read the whole, "doth not the ear try words, as the mouth tastes his meat" (q)? as in Job 34:3. Saadiah Gaon connects these words "as the ear tries words", &c. with Job 12:12, "so with the ancient is wisdom".

(q) Vatablus, Drusius, Junius et Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Cocceius, Schultens; so Broughton. 11. As the mouth by tasting meats selects what pleases it, so the ear tries the words of others and retains what is convincing. Each chooses according to his taste. The connection with Job 12:12 is in reference to Bildad's appeal to the "ancients" (Job 8:8). You are right in appealing to them, since "with them was wisdom," etc. But you select such proverbs of theirs as suit your views; so I may borrow from the same such as suit mine.12:6-11 Job appeals to facts. The most audacious robbers, oppressors, and impious wretches, often prosper. Yet this is not by fortune or chance; the Lord orders these things. Worldly prosperity is of small value in his sight: he has better things for his children. Job resolves all into the absolute proprietorship which God has in all the creatures. He demands from his friends liberty to judge of what they had said; he appeals to any fair judgment.
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