Job 13:5
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New International Version
If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

King James Bible
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that ye would be altogether silent! and it would be your wisdom.

World English Bible
Oh that you would be completely silent! Then you would be wise.

Young's Literal Translation
O that ye would keep perfectly silent, And it would be to you for wisdom.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom - In Proverbs 17:28 we have the following apophtheym: "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; and he that shutteth his lips, a man of understanding." There is no reason to say that Solomon quotes from Job: I have already expressed my opinion that the high antiquity attributed to this book is perfectly unfounded, and that there is much more evidence that Solomon was its author, than there is that it was the composition of Moses. But, whenever Job 54ed, whether before Abraham or after Moses, the book was not written till the time of Solomon, if not later. But as to the saying in question, it is a general apophthegm, and may be found among the wise sayings of all nations. I may observe here, that a silent man is not likely to be a fool; for a fool will be always prating, or, according to another adage, a fool's bolt is soon shot. The Latins have the same proverb: Vir sapit, qui pauca loquitur, "A wise man speaks little."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Oh that ye

Job 13:13 Hold your peace, let me alone, that I may speak, and let come on me what will.

Job 11:3 Should your lies make men hold their peace? and when you mock, shall no man make you ashamed?

Job 16:3 Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldens you that you answer?

Job 18:2 How long will it be ere you make an end of words? mark, and afterwards we will speak.

Job 19:2 How long will you vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?

Job 21:2,3 Hear diligently my speech, and let this be your consolations...

Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.

and it

Proverbs 17:28 Even a fool, when he holds his peace, is counted wise: and he that shuts his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 5:3 For a dream comes through the multitude of business; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words.

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

James 1:19 Why, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:

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Struggles of Conscience
I shall attempt to address you in the following order this morning. First, a little by way of consolation; then, a little by way of instruction; a little more upon discrimination or caution; and in the last place, a few sentences by way of exhortation. I. First, beloved, let me speak to you who are desiring to feel more and more your sins, and whose prayer is the prayer of the text, "Lord how many are mine iniquities and my sins, make me to know my transgression and my sin." Let me try to COMFORT
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860

Not Now, but Hereafter!
It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861

A Canticle of Love
It is not only when He is about to send me some trial that Our Lord gives me warning and awakens my desire for it. For years I had cherished a longing which seemed impossible of realisation--to have a brother a Priest. I often used to think that if my little brothers had not gone to Heaven, I should have had the happiness of seeing them at the Altar. I greatly regretted being deprived of this joy. Yet God went beyond my dream; I only asked for one brother who would remember me each day at the Holy
Therese Martin (of Lisieux)—The Story of a Soul

"Thou Shall Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee, Because He Trusteth in Thee. "
Isaiah xxvi. 3.--"Thou shall keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee." Christ hath left us his peace, as the great and comprehensive legacy, "My peace I leave you," John xiv. 27. And this was not peace in the world that he enjoyed; you know what his life was, a continual warfare; but a peace above the world, that passeth understanding. "In the world you shall have trouble, but in me you shall have peace," saith Christ,--a peace that shall make trouble
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Job 13:6
Hear now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips.

Job 13:13
"Keep silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may.

Job 21:5
Look at me and be appalled; clap your hand over your mouth.

Proverbs 17:28
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.

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