New American Standard Bible
"They are dismayed, they no longer answer; Words have failed them.
King James Bible
They were amazed, they answered no more: they left off speaking.
Darby Bible Translation
They were amazed, they answered no more; words failed them.
World English Bible
"They are amazed. They answer no more. They don't have a word to say.
Young's Literal Translation
(They have broken down, They have not answered again, They removed from themselves words.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They were amazed - There also are the words of Elihu, and are designed to express his astonishment that the three friends of Job did not answer him. He says that they were completely silenced, and he repeats this to call attention to the remarkable fact that men who began so confidently, and who still held on to their opinion, had not one word more to say. There is some reason to suppose, from the change of person here from the second to the third, that Elihu turned from them to those who were present, and called their attention to the fact that the friends of Job were completely silenced. This supposition, however, is not absolutely necessary, for it is not uncommon in Hebrew poetry to change from the second person to the third, especially where there is any censure or rebuke implied; compare Job 18:4.
They left off speaking - Margin, "removed speeches from themselves." The marginal reading accords with the Hebrew. The sense is the same as in the common version, though the Hebrew is more poetic. It is not merely that they ceased to speak, but that they put words at a great distance from them. They could say absolutely nothing. This fact, that they were wholly silent, furnished an ample apology for Elihu to take up the subject.
LibraryThe Sinner Arraigned and Convicted.
1. Conviction of guilt necessary.--2. A charge of rebellion against God advanced.--3. Where it is shown--that all men are born under God's law.--4. That no man hath perfectly kept it.--5. An appeal to the reader's conscience on this head, that he hath not.--6. That to have broken it, is an evil inexpressibly great.--7. Illustrated by a more particular view of the aggravations of this guilt, arising--from knowledge.--8. From divine favors received.--9. From convictions of conscience overborne.--10. …
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul
Tit. 2:06 Thoughts for Young Men
"For he has not arranged his words against me, Nor will I reply to him with your arguments.
"Shall I wait, because they do not speak, Because they stop and no longer answer?
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