Job 34:3
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New International Version
For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.

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

English Standard Version
for the ear tests words as the palate tastes food.

New American Standard Bible
"For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

King James Bible
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

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

International Standard Version
Since the ear tests words like a palate tastes food,

NET Bible
For the ear assesses words as the mouth tastes food.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ear tests words like the tongue tastes food.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes food.

King James 2000 Bible
For the ear tests words, as the mouth tastes food.

American King James Version
For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

American Standard Version
For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the ear trieth words, and the mouth discerneth meats by the taste.

Darby Bible Translation
For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth food.

English Revised Version
For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth meat.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth food.

World English Bible
For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes food.

Young's Literal Translation
For the ear doth try words, And the palate tasteth to eat.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:1-9 Elihu calls upon those present to decide with him upon Job's words. The plainest Christian, whose mind is enlightened, whose heart is sanctified by the Spirit of God, and who is versed in the Scriptures, can say how far matters, words, or actions, agree with true religion, better than any that lean to their own understandings. Job had spoken as if he meant wholly to justify himself. He that say, I have cleansed my hands in vain, does not only offend against God's children, Ps 73:13-15, but gratifies his enemies, and says as they say.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat. A proverbial expression, already used by Job in the dialogue (Job 12:11). "It is as much the business of the ear to discriminate between wise and foolish words, as of the palate to distinguish between wholesome and unwholesome food."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the ear trieth words,.... Not only the musical sound of them, the goodness of the language and diction, and the grammatical construction of them, but the sense of them, and whether the matter of them is good or not; that they are sound speech, which cannot be condemned, or unsound; whether they are right or wrong, agreeably to right reason, sound doctrine, and the word of God; for there are words and words, some the words of men, others the words of God. A sanctified ear tries these; but then men must have such ears to hear, and be attentive to what they hear, and retain it; hear internally as well as externally; and which a man does when his ears are opened by the Lord, from whom are the hearing ear and seeing eye; and such try what they hear, distinguish between good and bad, approve truth and receive it, and retain and hold it fast:

as the mouth tasteth meat; words and doctrines are like meat, some good and some bad; and such that have a good taste try them, either a rational or rather a spiritual discernment: some have no spiritual taste, their taste is not changed, and therefore cannot distinguish, nor make any good judgment of things; but others have, and these discern the difference, relish truth, savour the things that be of God, taste the good word of God, and esteem it more than their necessary food; and it is sweeter to them than the honey or the honeycomb. Such Elihu judged these men to be he addressed, and therefore desired their attention to what he had to say.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. palate—(See on [536]Job 12:11; [537]Job 33:2).

Job 34:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
2"Hear my words, you wise men, And listen to me, you who know. 3"For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food. 4"Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.…
Cross References
Job 12:11
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

Job 34:2
"Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.

Job 34:4
Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.
Treasury of Scripture

For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

the ear

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

Job 12:11 Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

1 Corinthians 2:15 But he that is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

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

mouth. Heb. palate

Job 31:30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

Job 33:2 Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue has spoken in my mouth.

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