Job 29:21
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New International Version
"People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.

New Living Translation
"Everyone listened to my advice. They were silent as they waited for me to speak.

English Standard Version
“Men listened to me and waited and kept silence for my counsel.

New American Standard Bible
"To me they listened and waited, And kept silent for my counsel.

King James Bible
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Men listened to me with expectation, waiting silently for my advice.

International Standard Version
"They listened and waited for me, as they remained in silence for my counsel.

NET Bible
"People listened to me and waited silently; they kept silent for my advice.

New Heart English Bible
"Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"People listened to me eagerly, quietly waiting for my advice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, And kept silence for my counsel.

New American Standard 1977
“To me they listened and waited,
            And kept silent for my counsel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They would hear me and wait, and keep silent at my counsel.

King James 2000 Bible
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

American King James Version
To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

American Standard Version
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, And kept silence for my counsel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that heard me, waited for my sentence, and being attentive held their peace at my counsel.

Darby Bible Translation
Unto me they listened, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel:

English Revised Version
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel.

Webster's Bible Translation
To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

World English Bible
"Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.

Young's Literal Translation
To me they have hearkened, Yea, they wait, and are silent for my counsel.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
20My glory is ever new with me, And my bow is renewed in my hand.' 21"To me they listened and waited, And kept silent for my counsel. 22"After my words they did not speak again, And my speech dropped on them.…
Cross References
Job 4:3
"Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.

Job 29:9
"The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths;

Hosea 13:1
When Ephraim spoke, there was trembling. He exalted himself in Israel, But through Baal he did wrong and died.
Treasury of Scripture

To me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

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Job 29:9,10 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth…

Job 32:11,12 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst …

Verse 21. - Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel (comp. vers. 9, 10). Job, however, does not repeat himself, sines in the previous passage he is speaking of his work and office as judge, whereas now he declares the position which he had occupied among his countrymen as statesman and counsellor. Unto me men gave ear,.... Or give ear, or shall give ear, being all ear; all attention to him, listening to what he said with the utmost diligence and earnestness; even all sorts of men, high and low, rich and poor, princes, nobles, and common people; this they had done, and Job concluded they still would do the same; see Job 29:9;

and waited; patiently, without any weariness, with pleasure and delight, without giving any interruption, or wishing his discourse was ended; and though continuing ever so long, were not impatient until it was finished:

and kept silence at my counsel; which was the thing waited for, and which when given, it was to the highest satisfaction; they acquiesced in it, and showed their approbation of it by their silence, not having anything to object to it, any alteration to be made in it, or any thing to be added to it; but being so complete and full, they were ready to take it at once, and act according to it; Job's counsel being like that of Ahithophel, which was as the oracle of God, 2 Samuel 16:23. 21. Job reverts with peculiar pleasure to his former dignity in assemblies (Job 29:7-10).29:18-25 Being thus honoured and useful, Job had hoped to die in peace and honour, in a good old age. If such an expectation arise from lively faith in the providence and promise of God, it is well; but if from conceit of our own wisdom, and dependence on changeable, earthly things, it is ill grounded, and turns to sin. Every one that has the spirit of wisdom, has not the spirit of government; but Job had both. Yet he had the tenderness of a comforter. This he thought upon with pleasure, when he was himself a mourner. Our Lord Jesus is a King who hates iniquity, and upon whom the blessing of a world ready to perish comes. To Him let us give ear.
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