Job 11:2
New International Version
“Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?

New Living Translation
“Shouldn’t someone answer this torrent of words? Is a person proved innocent just by a lot of talking?

English Standard Version
“Should a multitude of words go unanswered, and a man full of talk be judged right?

Berean Study Bible
“Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a speaker be vindicated?

King James Bible
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

New King James Version
“Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be vindicated?

New American Standard Bible
“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?

NASB 1995
“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?

NASB 1977
“Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?

Amplified Bible
“Shall a multitude of words not be answered? And should a talkative man [making such a long-winded defense] be acquitted?

Christian Standard Bible
Should this abundance of words go unanswered and such a talker be acquitted?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a talker be acquitted?

American Standard Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be justified?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Do not answer with a multitude of words, also no man speaking is justified with his answer

Brenton Septuagint Translation
He that speaks much, should also hear on the other side: or does the fluent speaker think himself to be righteous? blessed is the short lived offspring of woman.

Contemporary English Version
So much foolish talk cannot go unanswered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall not he that speaketh much, hear also? or shall a man full of talk be justified?

English Revised Version
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Shouldn't someone answer this flood of words? Should a good public speaker be acquitted?

International Standard Version
"Shouldn't a multitude of words be answered, or a person who talks too much be vindicated?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Should not the multitude of words be answered? And should a man full of talk be accounted right?

Literal Standard Version
“Is a multitude of words not answered? And is a man of lips justified?

NET Bible
"Should not this abundance of words be answered, or should this talkative man be vindicated?

New Heart English Bible
"Shouldn't the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?

World English Bible
"Shouldn't the multitude of words be answered? Should a man full of talk be justified?

Young's Literal Translation
Is a multitude of words not answered? And is a man of lips justified?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar Rebukes Job
1Then Zophar the Naamathite replied: 2“Should this stream of words go unanswered and such a speaker be vindicated? 3Should your babbling put others to silence? Will you scoff without rebuke?…

Cross References
Job 8:2
"How long will you go on saying such things? The words of your mouth are a blustering wind.

Job 11:1
Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

Job 15:2
"Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill his belly with the hot east wind?

Job 18:2
"How long until you end these speeches? Show some sense, and then we can talk.

Proverbs 10:19
When words are many, sin is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

Ecclesiastes 5:3
As a dream comes through many cares, so the speech of a fool comes with many words.


Treasury of Scripture

Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?

the multitude

Job 16:3
Shall vain words have an end? or what emboldeneth thee that thou answerest?

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

Psalm 140:11
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.

full of talk.









Verse 2. - Should not the multitude of words be answered? A "multitude of words" is often reproved in Scripture, and taken as a sign of either folly (Ecclesiastes 5:8) or sin (Proverbs 10:19). Job had certainly been somewhat unduly verbose, and laid himself open to the taunt here launched against him; but neither had brevity been studied by his other friends in their previous answers (ch. 4, 5, and 8.), nor is it greatly studied by Zophar here. And should a man full of talk be justified? literally, a man of lips which may mean either "a great talker" or "a man who makes many professions." There is a widespread prejudice against a great orator, and a widespread notion that a good cause does net need many words.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
“Should this stream
הֲרֹ֣ב (hă·rōḇ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7230: Multitude, abundance, greatness

of words
דְּ֭בָרִים (də·ḇā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

go unanswered
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

and such
וְאִם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

a speaker
אִ֖ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 376: A man as an individual, a male person

be vindicated?
יִצְדָּֽק׃ (yiṣ·dāq)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6663: To be just or righteous


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