Job 40:4
New International Version
“I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.

New Living Translation
“I am nothing—how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand.

English Standard Version
“Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Berean Study Bible
“Behold, I am insignificant. How can I reply to You? I place my hand over my mouth.

King James Bible
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

New King James Version
“Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth.

New American Standard Bible
“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I say in response to You? I put my hand on my mouth.

NASB 1995
“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.

NASB 1977
“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to Thee? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Amplified Bible
“Behold, I am of little importance and contemptible; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Christian Standard Bible
I am so insignificant. How can I answer you? I place my hand over my mouth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am so insignificant. How can I answer You? I place my hand over my mouth.

American Standard Version
Behold, I am of small account; What shall I answer thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“I have come short to myself. What shall I return to you? I have put my hands on my mouthWhy do I yet plead? being rebuked even while reproving the Lord: hearing such things, whereas I am nothing: and what shall I answer to these arguments? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

Contemporary English Version
Who am I to answer you?

Douay-Rheims Bible


English Revised Version
Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer thee? I lay mine hand upon my mouth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm so insignificant. How can I answer you? I will put my hand over my mouth.

International Standard Version
"I must look insignificant to you! How can I answer you? I'm speechless.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer Thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth.

Literal Standard Version
“Behold, I have been vile, What do I return to You? I have placed my hand on my mouth.

NET Bible
"Indeed, I am completely unworthy--how could I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth to silence myself.

New Heart English Bible
"Look, I am of small account. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

World English Bible
"Behold, I am of small account. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I have been vile, What do I return to Thee? My hand I have placed on my mouth.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Job Humbles Himself Before the LORD
3Then Job answered the LORD: 4“Behold, I am insignificant. How can I reply to You? I place my hand over my mouth. 5I have spoken once, but I have no answer—twice, but I have nothing to add.”…

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 appalled; put your hand over your mouth.

Job 29:9
The princes refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands.

Job 40:3
Then Job answered the LORD:

Proverbs 30:32
If you have foolishly exalted yourself or if you have plotted evil, put your hand over your mouth.

Lamentations 3:29
Let him bury his face in the dust--perhaps there is still hope.


Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth.

Behold

Job 42:6
Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Genesis 18:27
And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:

Genesis 32:10
I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.

what

Job 9:31-35
Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me…

Job 16:21
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

Job 23:4-7
I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments…

I will

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

Job 29:9
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their 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?











Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Behold,
הֵ֣ן (hên)
Interjection
Strong's 2005: Lo! behold!

I am insignificant.
קַ֭לֹּתִי (qal·lō·ṯî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7043: To be slight, swift or trifling

How
מָ֣ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

can I reply to You?
אֲשִׁיבֶ֑ךָּ (’ă·šî·ḇe·kā)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

I place
שַׂ֣מְתִּי (śam·tî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common singular
Strong's 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

my hand
יָ֝דִ֗י (yā·ḏî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3027: A hand

over
לְמוֹ־ (lə·mōw-)
Preposition
Strong's 3926: To or foreign

my mouth.
פִֽי׃ (p̄î)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to


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