Job 13:5
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English Standard Version
Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!

King James Bible
O that ye 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..

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

22 He discovereth deep things out of darkness,

And bringeth out to light the shadow of death;

23 He giveth prosperity to nations and then destroyeth them,

Increase of territory to nations and then carrieth them away;

24 He taketh away the understanding of the chief people of the land,

And maketh them to wander in a trackless wilderness;

25 They grope in darkness without light,

He maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.

The meaning of Job 12:22 in this connection can only be, that there is nothing so finely spun out that God cannot make it visible. All secret plans of the wicked, all secret sins, and the deeds of the evil-doer though veiled in deep darkness, He bringeth before the tribunal of the world. The form of writing given by the Masora is עמוּקות with koph raphatum, consequently plur. from עמוּק, like ערוּמים, עצוּמים from ערוּם, עצוּם, not from עמק.

(Note: Kimchi in his Wrterbuch adopts the form עמקּות, but gives Abulwalid as an authority for the lengthened form, which, according to the Masora on Leviticus 13:3, Leviticus 13:25, is the traditional. The two exceptions where the form occurs with a long vowel are Proverbs 23:27 and this passage.)

The lxx translates משגיא πλανῶν, as it is also explained in several Midrash-passages, but only by a few Jewish expositors (Jachja, Alschech) by מטעה. The word, however, is not משׁגּיא, but משׂגּיא with ש sinistrum, after which in Midrash Esther it is explained by מגדיל; and Hirzel correctly interprets it of upward growth (Jerome after the Targ. unsuitably, multiplicat), and שׁטח, on the other hand, of growth in extent. The latter word is falsely explained by the Targ. in the sense of expandere rete, and Abenezra also falsely explains: He scatters nations, and brings them to their original peace. The verb שׁטח is here connected with ל, as הפתּה (Genesis 9:27); both signify to make a wider and longer space for any one, used here of the ground where they dwell and rule. The opposite, in an unpropitious sense, is הנחה, which is used here, as 2 Kings 18:11, in a similar sense with הגלה (abducere, i.e., in servitutem). We have intentionally translated גוים nations, עם people; for גּוי, as we shall show elsewhere, is the mass held together by the ties of a common origin, language, and country; (עם) עם, the people bound together by unity of government, whose membra praecipua are consequently called העם ראשׁי. הארץ is, in this connection, the country, although elsewhere, as Isaiah 24:4, comp. Job 42:5, הארץ עם signifies also the people of the earth or mankind; for the Hebrew language expresses a country as a portion of the earth, and the earth as a whole, by the same name. Job dwells longer on this tragic picture, how God makes the star of the prosperity of these chiefs to set in mad and blind self-destruction, according to the proverb, quem Deus perdere vult prius dementat. This description seems to be echoed in many points in Isaiah, especially in the oracle on Egypt, Job 19 (e.g., כּשּׁכּור, Job 19:14). The connection ברך לא בתהו is not genitival; but דרך לא is either an adverbial clause appended to the verb, as חקר לא, Job 34:24, בנים לא, 1 Chronicles 2:30, 1 Chronicles 2:32, or, which we prefer as being more natural, and on account of the position of the words, a virtual adjective: in a trackless waste, as אישׁ לא, Job 38:26; עבות לא, 2 Samuel 23:4 (Olsh.).

Job here takes up the tone of Eliphaz (comp. Job 5:13.). Intentionally he is made to excel the friends in a recognition of the absolute majesty of God. He is not less cognizant of it than they.

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Oh that ye

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

Job 11:3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

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 we will speak.

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 in his own eyes.

and it

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

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 speak, slow to wrath:

Cross References
Job 13:6
Hear now my argument and listen to the pleadings of my lips.

Job 13:13
"Let me have silence, and I will speak, and let come on me what may.

Job 21:5
Look at me and be appalled, and lay your hand over your mouth.

Proverbs 17:28
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.

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