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.

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.

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

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

Contemporary English Version
Who am I to answer you?

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand over my mouth.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

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

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

Douay-Rheims Bible


Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I am nought: what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon 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.
Study Bible
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 astonished; 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?







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

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

How
מָ֣ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 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 Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

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

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

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

my mouth.
פִֽי׃ (p̄î)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to
40:1-5 Communion with the Lord effectually convinces and humbles a saint, and makes him glad to part with his most beloved sins. There is need to be thoroughly convinced and humbled, to prepare us for remarkable deliverances. After God had shown Job, by his manifest ignorance of the works of nature, how unable he was to judge of the methods and designs of Providence, he puts a convincing question to him; Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? Now Job began to melt into godly sorrow: when his friends reasoned with him, he did not yield; but the voice of the Lord is powerful. When the Spirit of truth is come, he shall convince. Job yields himself to the grace of God. He owns himself an offender, and has nothing to say to justify himself. He is now sensible that he has sinned; and therefore he calls himself vile. Repentance changes men's opinion of themselves. Job is now convinced of his error. Those who are truly sensible of their own sinfulness and vileness, dare not justify themselves before God. He perceived that he was a poor, mean, foolish, and sinful creature, who ought not to have uttered one word against the Divine conduct. One glimpse of God's holy nature would appal the stoutest rebel. How, then will the wicked bear the sight of his glory at the day of judgment? But when we see this glory revealed in Jesus Christ, we shall be humbled without being terrified; self-abasement agrees with filial love.
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