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

King James Bible
The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Darby Bible Translation
Princes refrained from talking, and laid the hand on their mouth;

World English Bible
The princes refrained from talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Young's Literal Translation
Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The princes refrained talking - They never ventured an opinion in opposition to mine; so fully were they persuaded of the justice and integrity of my decision.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

refrained

Job 4:2 If we assay to commune with you, will you be grieved? but who can withhold himself from speaking?

Job 7:11 Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.

Proverbs 10:19 In the multitude of words there wants not sin: but he that refrains his lips is wise.

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

laid

Job 21:5 Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand on your mouth.

Job 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand on my mouth.

Judges 18:19 And they said to him, Hold your peace, lay your hand on your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest...

Proverbs 30:32 If you have done foolishly in lifting up yourself, or if you have thought evil, lay your hand on your mouth.

Library
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

Job
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
Judges 18:19
They answered him, "Be quiet! Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?"

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

Job 29:8
the young men saw me and stepped aside and the old men rose to their feet;

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

Job 40:4
"I am unworthy--how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.

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