Job 34:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food.

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

New King James 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.

NASB 1995
“For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

NASB 1977
“For the ear tests words, As the palate tastes food.

Amplified Bible
“For the ear puts words to the test As the palate tastes food.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the ear tests words and the palate tastes food

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the ear tries words, and the mouth tastes meat.

Contemporary English Version
Think about my words, as you would taste food.

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

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

Good News Translation
You know good food when you taste it, but not wise words when you hear them.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

Literal Standard Version
For the ear tries words, And the palate tastes to eat.

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

New Heart English Bible
For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
2“Hear my words, O wise men; give ear to me, O men of learning. 3For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food. 4Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.…

Cross References
Job 12:11
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes its food?

Job 34:2
"Hear my words, O wise men; give ear to me, O men of learning.

Job 34:4
Let us choose 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
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

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

mouth.

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 hath spoken in my mouth.









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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

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

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

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

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

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

food.
לֶאֱכֹֽל׃ (le·’ĕ·ḵōl)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 398: To eat


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