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Job 29:9

    Job 29:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The princes refrained from talking, And laid their hand on their mouth;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The rulers kept quiet, and put their hands on their mouths;

    Webster's Revision

    The princes refrained from talking, And laid their hand on their mouth;

    World English Bible

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

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth;

    Clarke's Commentary on Job 29:9

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Job 29:9

    The princes refrained talking - As a mark of respect, or in awe of his presence.

    And laid their hand on their mouth - To lay the finger or the hand on the mouth is every where an action expressive of silence or respect; Notes, Job 21:5. "In one of the subterranean vaults of Egypt, where the mummies lie buried, they found in the coffin an embalmed body of a woman, before which was placed a figure of wood, representing a youth on his knees, laying a finger on his mouth, and holding in his other hand a sort of chafing dish, which was placed on his head, and in which, without doubt, had been some perfumes." Maillet.
    Book: Job