Job 29:9
Good News Translation
The leaders of the people would stop talking;

Contemporary English Version
while the older ones stood

Douay-Rheims Bible
The princes ceased to speak, and laid the finger on their mouth.

New American Bible
Officials refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;

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The princes ceased to speak, and laid the finger on their mouth.

refrained

Job 4:2 If we begin to speak to thee, perhaps thou wilt take it ill; but who can withhold the words he hath conceived?

Job 7:11 Wherefore, I will not spare my mouth, I will speak in the affliction of my spirit: I will talk with the bitterness of my soul.

Proverbs 10:19 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: but the heart of the wicked is nothing worth.

James 1:19 You know, my dearest brethren. And let every man be swift to hear, but slow to speak and slow to anger.

laid

Job 21:5 Hearken to me and be astonished, and lay your finger on your mouth.

Job 40:4 What can I answer, who hath spoken inconsiderately? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

Judges 18:19 And they said to him: Hold thy peace, and put thy finger on thy mouth, and come with us, that we may have thee for a father, and a priest. Whether is better for thee, to be a priest in the house of one man, or in a tribe and family in Israel?

Proverbs 30:32 There is that hath appeared a fool after he was lifted up on high: for if he had understood, he would have laid his hand upon his mouth.

Context
Job's Former Blessings
8The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the old men rose up and stood. 9The princes ceased to speak, and laid the finger on their mouth.10The rulers held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to their throat.…
Cross References
Judges 18:19
And they said to him: Hold thy peace, and put thy finger on thy mouth, and come with us, that we may have thee for a father, and a priest. Whether is better for thee, to be a priest in the house of one man, or in a tribe and family in Israel?

Job 21:5
Hearken to me and be astonished, and lay your finger on your mouth.

Job 29:8
The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the old men rose up and stood.

Job 29:21
They that heard me, waited for my sentence, and being attentive held their peace at my counsel.

Job 40:4
What can I answer, who hath spoken inconsiderately? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

Additional Translations
The princes refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands.The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

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

And the great men ceased speaking, and laid their finger on their mouth.

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

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

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

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

Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth.
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