Job 29:21
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New International Version
"People listened to me expectantly, waiting in silence for my counsel.

King James Bible
Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

Darby Bible Translation
Unto me they listened, and waited, and kept silence for my counsel:

World English Bible
"Men listened to me, waited, and kept silence for my counsel.

Young's Literal Translation
To me they have hearkened, Yea, they wait, and are silent for my counsel.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Unto me men gave ear - The same idea as in Job 29:9-11.

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gave ear

Job 29:9,10 The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth...

Job 32:11,12 Behold, I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reasons, whilst you searched out what to say...

Comfort for the Desponding
At once to the subject. A complaint; its cause and cure; and then close up with an exhortation to stir up your pure minds, if you are in such a position. I. First, there is a COMPLAINT. How many a Christian looks on the past with pleasure, on the future with dread, and on the present with sorrow! There are many who look back upon the days that they have passed in the fear of the Lord as being the sweetest and the best they have ever had, but as to the present, it is clad in a sable garb of gloom
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

The Case of the Christian under the Hiding of God's Face.
1. The phrase scriptural.--2. It signifies the withdrawing the tokens of the divine favor.--3 chiefly as to spiritual considerations.--4. This may become the case of any Christian.--5. and will be found a very sorrowful one.--6. The following directions, therefore, are given to those who suppose it to be their own: To inquire whether it be indeed a case of spiritual distress, or whether a disconsolate frame may not proceed from indisposition of body,--7. or difficulties as to worldly circumstances.--8,
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

No Sorrow Like Messiah's Sorrow
Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Behold, and see, if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow! A lthough the Scriptures of the Old Testament, the law of Moses, the Psalms, and the Prophecies (Luke 24:44) , bear an harmonious testimony to MESSIAH ; it is not necessary to suppose that every single passage has an immediate and direct relation to Him. A method of exposition has frequently obtained [frequently been in vogue], of a fanciful and allegorical cast [contrivance], under the pretext
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Job 4:3
Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands.

Job 29:9
the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;

Hosea 13:1
When Ephraim spoke, people trembled; he was exalted in Israel. But he became guilty of Baal worship and died.

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