Job 29:9
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;

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the great men ceased speaking, and laid their finger 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 thee, wilt thou be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

Job 7:11
Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Proverbs 10:19
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

laid

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

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

Judges 18:19
And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?







Lexicon
The princes
שָׂ֭רִים (rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

refrained
עָצְר֣וּ (‘ā·ṣə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6113: To inclose, to hold back, to maintain, rule, assemble

from speaking
בְמִלִּ֑ים (ḇə·mil·lîm)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic

and covered
יָשִׂ֥ימוּ (yā·śî·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

their mouths
לְפִיהֶֽם׃ (lə·p̄î·hem)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

with their hands.
וְ֝כַ֗ף (wə·ḵap̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3709: Hollow or flat of the hand, palm, sole (of the foot), a pan
(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). 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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