Job 34:3
New International Version
For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.

New Living Translation
Job said, ‘The ear tests the words it hears just as the mouth distinguishes between foods.’

English Standard Version
for the ear tests words as the palate tastes food.

Berean Study Bible
For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food.

New American Standard Bible
"For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

New King James Version
For the ear tests words As the palate tastes food.

King James Bible
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.

Christian Standard Bible
Doesn't the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

Contemporary English Version
Think about my words, as you would taste food.

Good News Translation
You know good food when you taste it, but not wise words when you hear them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Doesn't the ear test words as the palate tastes food?

International Standard Version
Since the ear tests words like a palate tastes food,

NET Bible
For the ear assesses words as the mouth tastes food.

New Heart English Bible
For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes food.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ear tests words like the tongue tastes food.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

New American Standard 1977
“For the ear tests words, As the palate tastes food.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes food.

King James 2000 Bible
For the ear tests words, as the mouth tastes food.

American King James Version
For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

American Standard Version
For the ear trieth words, As the palate tasteth food.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For the ear tries words, and the mouth tastes meat.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the ear trieth words, and the mouth discerneth meats by the taste.

Darby Bible Translation
For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth food.

English Revised Version
For the ear trieth words, as the palate tasteth meat.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth food.

World English Bible
For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes food.

Young's Literal Translation
For the ear doth try words, And the palate tasteth to eat.
Study Bible
Elihu Confirms God's Justice
2“Hear my words, O wise men; give ear to me, O men of learning. 3For the ear tests words as the mouth tastes food. 4Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.…
Cross References
Job 12:11
Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes its food?

Job 34:2
"Hear my words, you wise men; give ear to me, you men of learning.

Job 34:4
Let us choose for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.

Treasury of Scripture

For the ear tries words, as the mouth tastes meat.

the ear

Job 6:30
Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?

Job 12:11
Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

1 Corinthians 2:15
But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

mouth.

Job 31:30
Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul.

Job 33:2
Behold, now I have opened my mouth, my tongue hath spoken in my mouth.







Lexicon
For
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

the ear
אֹ֭זֶן (’ō·zen)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 241: Broadness, the ear

tests
תִּבְחָ֑ן (tiḇ·ḥān)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 974: To test, to investigate

words
מִלִּ֣ין (mil·lîn)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4405: A word, a discourse, a topic

as the mouth
וְ֝חֵ֗ךְ (wə·ḥêḵ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums

tastes
יִטְעַ֥ם (yiṭ·‘am)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2938: To taste, to perceive

food.
לֶאֱכֹֽל׃ (le·’ĕ·ḵōl)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 398: To eat
Verse 3. - For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat. A proverbial expression, already used by Job in the dialogue (Job 12:11). "It is as much the business of the ear to discriminate between wise and foolish words, as of the palate to distinguish between wholesome and unwholesome food." 34:1-9 Elihu calls upon those present to decide with him upon Job's words. The plainest Christian, whose mind is enlightened, whose heart is sanctified by the Spirit of God, and who is versed in the Scriptures, can say how far matters, words, or actions, agree with true religion, better than any that lean to their own understandings. Job had spoken as if he meant wholly to justify himself. He that say, I have cleansed my hands in vain, does not only offend against God's children, Ps 73:13-15, but gratifies his enemies, and says as they say.
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