Job 13:5
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New International Version
If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

New Living Translation
If only you could be silent! That's the wisest thing you could do.

English Standard Version
Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!

New American Standard Bible
"O that you would be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom!

King James Bible
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If only you would shut up and let that be your wisdom!

International Standard Version
I wish you'd all just shut up. Then at least you would appear to be wise.

NET Bible
If only you would keep completely silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

New Heart English Bible
Oh that you would be completely silent. Then you would be wise.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I wish you would keep silent. For you, that would be wisdom.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom.

New American Standard 1977
“O that you would be completely silent,
            And that it would become your wisdom!

Jubilee Bible 2000
O that ye would altogether be silent! And it would be unto you instead of wisdom.

King James 2000 Bible
O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

American King James Version
O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

American Standard Version
Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! And it would be your wisdom.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I wish you would hold your peace, that you might be thought to be wise men..

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that ye would be altogether silent! and it would be your wisdom.

English Revised Version
Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Webster's Bible Translation
O that ye would altogether hold your peace and it would be your wisdom.

World English Bible
Oh that you would be completely silent! Then you would be wise.

Young's Literal Translation
O that ye would keep perfectly silent, And it would be to you for wisdom.
Study Bible
Job Reproves his Friends
4"But you smear with lies; You are all worthless physicians. 5"O that you would be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom! 6"Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips.…
Cross References
Job 13:6
"Please hear my argument And listen to the contentions of my lips.

Job 13:13
"Be silent before me so that I may speak; Then let come on me what may.

Job 21:5
"Look at me, and be astonished, And put your hand over your mouth.

Proverbs 17:28
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.
Treasury of Scripture

O that you would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

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Job 13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

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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 …

Job 19:2 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

Job 21:2,3 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations…

Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous …

and it

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that …

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's …

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

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

(5) O that ye would altogether hold your peace! is singularly like the sentiment of Proverbs 17:28. Their wisdom will consist in listening to his wisdom rather than displaying their own folly.

Verse 5. - Oh that ye would altogether hold your peace! The friends had "held their peace" for seven days after their arrival (Job 2:13). Oh that they would have held it altogether! Their words had done nothing but exasperate and goad almost to madness. There is a mournful pathos in Job's entreates to them to be silent (comp ver. 13). And it should be your wisdom. "Speech," it has been said, "is silvern, silence is golden." No doubt" there is a time for everything... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7); nor is the rule of La Trappe altogether a wise one. But probably ten times as much harm is done in the world by speaking as by keeping silence. "Words for God" need especial care and caution. If they do not do good, the harm that they may do is incalculable. And that ye would altogether hold your peace,.... Since what they said of him was not true, nor anything to the purpose, or that tended to the comfort of his afflicted soul, but the reverse; and therefore he could have wished they had never broke silence, but continued as they were the first seven days of their visit; and now, since they had spoken, and had done no good by speaking, but hurt, he desires for the future they would be silent, and say no more:

and it should be your wisdom: it would be the greatest evidence of it they could give; they had shown none by speaking; it would be a proof of some in them, should they hold their peace; a very biting expression this see Proverbs 17:28. 5. (Pr 17:28). The Arabs say, "The wise are dumb; silence is wisdom."13:1-12 With self-preference, Job declared that he needed not to be taught by them. Those who dispute are tempted to magnify themselves, and lower their brethren, more than is fit. When dismayed or distressed with the fear of wrath, the force of temptation, or the weight of affliction, we should apply to the Physician of our souls, who never rejects any, never prescribes amiss, and never leaves any case uncured. To Him we may speak at all times. To broken hearts and wounded consciences, all creatures, without Christ, are physicians of no value. Job evidently speaks with a very angry spirit against his friends. They had advanced some truths which nearly concerned Job, but the heart unhumbled before God, never meekly receives the reproofs of men.
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