New American Standard Bible
"For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.
King James Bible
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
Darby Bible Translation
For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth 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.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For the ear trieth words - Ascertains their meaning, and especially determines what words are worth regarding. The object of this is, to fix the attention on what he was about to say; to get the ear so that every word should make its proper impression. The word ear in this place, however, seems not to be used to denote the external organ, but the whole faculty of hearing. It is by hearing that the meaning of what is said is determined, as it is by the taste that the quality of food is discerned.
As the mouth tasteth meat - Margin, as in Hebrew "palate." The meaning is, as the organ of taste determines the nature of the various articles of food. The same figure is used by Job in Job 12:11.
DEAR FRIENDS, it is never wise to dispute with God. Let a man strive with his fellow, but not with his Maker. If we must discuss any point, let it be with imperfect beings like ourselves, but not with the infallible and infinitely wise God; for, in most of our discussions, these questions wilt come back to us, "Should it be according to thy mind? Art thou master? Is everyone to be subordinate to thee?" I am going to speak, this evening, to those who have a quarrel with God concerning the way of salvation. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 46: 1900
Whether Predestination is Certain
Thoughts Upon Worldly-Riches. Sect. Ii.
Directions to Awakened Sinners.
"Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?
"Hear my words, you wise men, And listen to me, you who know.
"Let us choose for ourselves what is right; Let us know among ourselves what is good.
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