Job 29:9
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New International Version
the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;

New Living Translation
The princes stood in silence and put their hands over their mouths.

English Standard Version
the princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth;

Berean Study Bible
The princes refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands.

New American Standard Bible
"The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths;

King James Bible
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Christian Standard Bible
City officials stopped talking and covered their mouths with their hands.

Contemporary English Version
while the older ones stood

Good News Translation
The leaders of the people would stop talking;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
City officials stopped talking and covered their mouths with their hands.

International Standard Version
Nobles would refrain from speaking, covering their mouths with their hands.

NET Bible
the chief men refrained from talking and covered their mouths with their hands;

New Heart English Bible
The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Princes held back [their] words and put their hands over their mouths.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The princes refrained talking, And laid their hand on their mouth;

New American Standard 1977
“The princes stopped talking, And put their hands on their mouths;

Jubilee Bible 2000
The princes would refrain from talking and lay their hand on their mouth;

King James 2000 Bible
The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

American King James Version
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

American Standard Version
The princes refrained from talking, And laid their hand on their mouth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The princes ceased to speak, and laid the finger on their mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
Princes refrained from talking, and laid the hand on their mouth;

English Revised Version
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth;

Webster's Bible Translation
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

World English Bible
The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth.
Study Bible
Job's Former Blessings
8the young men saw me and withdrew, and the old men rose to their feet. 9The princes refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands. 10The voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.…
Cross References
Judges 18:19
"Be quiet," they told him. "Put your hand over your mouth and come with us and be a father and a priest to us. Is it better for you to be a priest for the house of one person or a priest for a tribe and family in Israel?"

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

Job 29:8
the young men saw me and withdrew, and the old men rose to their feet.

Job 29:21
Men listened to me with expectation, waiting silently for my counsel.

Job 40:4
"Behold, I am insignificant. How can I reply to You? I place my hand over my mouth.

Treasury of Scripture

The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

refrained

Job 4:2 If we assay to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can …

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish …

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

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

laid

Job 21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand on your mouth.

Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth.

Judges 18:19 And they said to him, Hold your peace, lay your hand on your mouth, …

Proverbs 30:32 If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have …

(9) The princes retrained talking.--Comp. Isaiah 52:15.

Verse 9. - The princes refrained talking. The other head-men of the tribe, recognizing Job's superior rank and dignity, refrained from words as soon as he made his appearance, and in silence awaited what he would say. Perhaps we are scarcely to understand literally the further statement that they laid their hand on their mouth, which is probably as much an idiom as our phrase, "they held their tongues "(comp. Job 21:5). The princes refrained talking,.... Who were in court before Job came in, and were either talking with one another about indifferent matters, or were giving their opinion in a case before them; but no sooner did Job make his appearance, but they left off talking, and would not proceed any further; they laid a restraint upon their words, and curbed themselves from speaking any more till they had heard his opinion:

and laid their hand on their mouth; as a token of silence, Judges 18:19. 9. (Job 4:2; see on [528]Job 21:5).

Refrained talking—stopped in the middle of their speech.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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