Job 29:10
New International Version
the voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

New Living Translation
The highest officials of the city stood quietly, holding their tongues in respect.

English Standard Version
the voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

Berean Study Bible
The voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.

New American Standard Bible
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate.

King James Bible
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Christian Standard Bible
The noblemen's voices were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

Contemporary English Version
and remained silent.

Good News Translation
even the most important men kept silent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The noblemen's voices were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

International Standard Version
The voices of the commanders-in-chief were hushed, and their tongues would cling to the roofs of their mouths."

NET Bible
the voices of the nobles fell silent, and their tongues stuck to the roof of their mouths.

New Heart English Bible
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The voices of nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

New American Standard 1977
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the voice of the principals would not be noticed, and their tongue would cleave to the roof of their mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

American King James Version
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

American Standard Version
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The rulers held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to their throat.

Darby Bible Translation
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate.

English Revised Version
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

World English Bible
The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
The voice of leaders hath been hidden, And their tongue to the palate hath cleaved.
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
Job's Former Blessings
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. 11For those who heard me called me blessed, and those who saw me commended me,…
Cross References
Job 29:22
After my words, they spoke no more; my speech settled on them like dew.

Psalm 137:6
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem as my greatest joy!

Treasury of Scripture

The nobles held their peace, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.

nobles held their peace. Heb. voice of the nobles was hid. their tongue

Psalm 137:6 If I do not remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth; …

Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth, that …







Lexicon
The voices
קוֹל־ (qō·wl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6963: A voice, sound

of the nobles
נְגִידִ֥ים (nə·ḡî·ḏîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5057: A commander, civil, military, religious, honorable themes

were hushed,
נֶחְבָּ֑אוּ (neḥ·bā·’ū)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2244: To withdraw, hide

and their tongues
וּ֝לְשׁוֹנָ֗ם (ū·lə·šō·w·nām)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

stuck
דָּבֵֽקָה׃ (dā·ḇê·qāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to the roofs of their mouths.
לְחִכָּ֥ם (lə·ḥik·kām)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums
Verse 10. - The nobles held their peace. The other leading men followed the example of the "princes," and equally kept silence till Job had spoken. And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their month. A pleonastic repetition. The meaning is simply they said nothing, they stood in rapt attention. 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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