Job 29:10
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New International Version
the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

New Living Translation
The highest officials of the city stood quietly, holding their tongues in respect.

English Standard Version
the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

New American Standard Bible
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate.

King James Bible
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Christian Standard Bible
The noblemen's voices were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

Contemporary English Version
and remained silent.

Good News Translation
even the most important men kept silent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The noblemen's voices were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

International Standard Version
The voices of the commanders-in-chief were hushed, and their tongues would cling to the roofs of their mouths."

NET Bible
the voices of the nobles fell silent, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

New Heart English Bible
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The voices of nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

New American Standard 1977
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the voice of the principals would not be noticed, and their tongue would cleave to the roof of their mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

American King James Version
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

American Standard Version
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rulers held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to their throat.

Darby Bible Translation
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate.

English Revised Version
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

World English Bible
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
The voice of leaders hath been hidden, And their tongue to the palate hath cleaved.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
9"The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths; 10The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate. 11"For when the ear heard, it called me blessed, And when the eye saw, it gave witness of me,…
Cross References
Job 29:22
"After my words they did not speak again, And my speech dropped on them.

Psalm 137:6
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.
Treasury of Scripture

The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

nobles held their peace. Heb. voice of the nobles was hid. their tongue

Psalm 137:6 If I do not remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth; …

Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth, that …

Verse 10. - The nobles held their peace. The other leading men followed the example of the "princes," and equally kept silence till Job had spoken. And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their month. A pleonastic repetition. The meaning is simply they said nothing, they stood in rapt attention. The nobles held their peace,.... These may be in some respects inferior to the others; not princes of the blood, or sons of kings, who were properly princes, and yet great personages, of a noble extraction, and of considerable families: some think the leaders and generals of armies are meant, commanders and captains, and such like military officers, those sons of Mars, who are generally bold and daring, boisterous and blustering, and full of talk; and yet even these held their peace in the presence of Job:, or their "voice was hid" (r); it could not be heard:

and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth; so that they had no use of it, and it was as if they had none, see Ezekiel 3:26. Here are various expressions made use of, signifying the profound silence of great personages while Job was present; and this silence was owing either to a consciousness of their own weakness, and lest they should, by speaking before him, betray it, and he should expose them; or to the desire they had of hearing Job's opinion first, which was as an oracle to them, and usually determined matters in debate before them; such high sentiments did they entertain of Job's good sense and abilities.

(r) "occultabatur", Drusius; "occultabat se", Piscator. 10. Margin, "voice—hid," that is, "hushed" (Eze 3:26).

Tongue cleaved, etc.—that is, awed by my presence, the emirs or sheiks were silent.29:7-17 All sorts of people paid respect to Job, not only for the dignity of his rank, but for his personal merit, his prudence, integrity, and good management. Happy the men who are blessed with such gifts as these! They have great opportunities of honouring God and doing good, but have great need to watch against pride. Happy the people who are blessed with such men! it is a token for good to them. Here we see what Job valued himself by, in the day of his prosperity. It was by his usefulness. He valued himself by the check he gave to the violence of proud and evil men. Good magistrates must thus be a restraint to evil-doers, and protect the innocent; in order to this, they should arm themselves with zeal and resolution. Such men are public blessings, and resemble Him who rescues poor sinners from Satan. How many who were ready to perish, now are blessing Him! But who can show forth His praises? May we trust in His mercy, and seek to imitate His truth, justice, and love.
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