Job 12:11
New International Version
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?

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

English Standard Version
Does not the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

Berean Study Bible
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes its food?

New American Standard Bible
"Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?

King James Bible
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

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

Contemporary English Version
We hear with our ears, taste with our tongues,

Good News Translation
But just as your tongue enjoys tasting food, your ears enjoy hearing words.

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

International Standard Version
The ear scrutinizes speech just as the palate tastes food."

NET Bible
Does not the ear test words, as the tongue tastes food?

New Heart English Bible
Doesn't the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Doesn't the ear distinguish sounds and the tongue taste food?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

New American Standard 1977
“Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Certainly the ear proves words and the mouth tastes foods.

King James 2000 Bible
Does not the ear test words? and the mouth taste its food?

American King James Version
Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

American Standard Version
Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the ear tries words, and the palate tastes meats.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Doth not the ear discern words, and the palate of him that eateth, the taste?

Darby Bible Translation
Doth not the ear try words, as the palate tasteth food?

English Revised Version
Doth not the ear try words, even as the palate tasteth its meat?

Webster's Bible Translation
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste its food?

World English Bible
Doesn't the ear try words, even as the palate tastes its food?

Young's Literal Translation
Doth not the ear try words? And the palate taste food for itself?
Study Bible
Job Responds to Zophar
10The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind. 11Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes its food? 12Wisdom is found with the elderly, and understanding comes with long life.…
Cross References
Job 6:30
Is there iniquity on my tongue? Can my mouth not discern malice?

Job 34:3
For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food.

Treasury of Scripture

Does not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Doth

Job 34:3
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

1 Corinthians 10:15
I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

Philippians 1:10
That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

mouth.

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







Lexicon
Does not
הֲלֹא־ (hă·lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

the ear
אֹ֭זֶן (’ō·zen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear

test
תִּבְחָ֑ן (tiḇ·ḥān)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 974: To test, to investigate

words
מִלִּ֣ין (mil·lîn)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic

as the tongue
וְ֝חֵ֗ךְ (wə·ḥêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums

tastes
יִטְעַם־ (yiṭ·‘am-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2938: To taste, to perceive

its
לֽוֹ׃ (lōw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

food?
אֹ֣כֶל (’ō·ḵel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 400: Food
(11) Doth not the ear try words?--Bildad had appealed to the wisdom of authority and tradition, but Job reminds him that it is given to the wise man not to accept everything he has received, but to discriminate. He allows that wisdom is the prerogative of age, but reminds him that the Ancient of Days must needs be wise indeed.

Verse 11. - Doth not the ear try words? and the month taste his meat? rather, as the palate tasteth its meat? (see the Revised Version). In other words, "Is it not as much the business of the ear to discriminate between wise and unwise words, as of the palate to determine between pleasant and unpleasant tastes?" The bearing of the verse on the general argument is not clear. 12:6-11 Job appeals to facts. The most audacious robbers, oppressors, and impious wretches, often prosper. Yet this is not by fortune or chance; the Lord orders these things. Worldly prosperity is of small value in his sight: he has better things for his children. Job resolves all into the absolute proprietorship which God has in all the creatures. He demands from his friends liberty to judge of what they had said; he appeals to any fair judgment.
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