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"Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?
King James Bible
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man full of talk be justified?
Darby Bible Translation
Should not the multitude of words be answered? and should a man of much 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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Should not the multitude of words be answered? - As if all that Job had said had been mere words; or as if he was remarkable for mere garrulity.
And should a man full of talk be justified - Margin, as in Hebrew "of lips." The phrase is evidently a Hebraism, to denote a great talker - a man of mere lips, or empty sound. Zophar asks whether such a man could be justified or vindicated. It will be recollected that taciturnity was with the Orientals a much greater virtue than with us, and that it was regarded as one of the proofs of wisdom. The wise man with them was he who sat down at the feet of age, and desired to learn; who carefully collected the maxims of former times; who diligently observed the course of events; and who deliberated with care on what others had to say. Thus, Solomon says, "In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise;" Proverbs 10:19; so James 1:19, "let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak." It was supposed that a man who said much would say some foolish or improper things, and hence, it was regarded as a proof of prudence to be distinguished for silence. In Oriental countries, and it may be added also, in all countries that we regard as uncivilized, it is unusual and disrespectful to be hasty in offering counsel, to be forward to speak, or to be confident and bold in opinion; see the notes at Job 32:6-7. It was for reasons such as these that Zophar maintained that a man who was full of talk could not be justified in it; that there was presumptive proof that he was not a safe man, or a man who could be vindicated in all that he said.
LibraryGod Incomprehensible and Sovereign.
1 Can creatures to perfection find  Th' eternal uncreated mind? Or can the largest stretch of thought Measure and search his nature out? 2 'Tis high as heaven, 'tis deep as hell, And what can mortals know or tell? His glory spreads beyond the sky, And all the shining worlds on high. 3 But man, vain man, would fain be wise, Born like a wild young colt he flies Thro' all the follies of his mind, And swells and snuffs the empty wind. 4 God is a King of power unknown, Firm are the orders of his throne; …
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Whether Confidence Belongs to Magnanimity?
Divine Impartiality Considered.
Letter ix. Meditation.
"How long will you say these things, And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?
Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,
"Should a wise man answer with windy knowledge And fill himself with the east wind?
"How long will you hunt for words? Show understanding and then we can talk.
When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
For the dream comes through much effort and the voice of a fool through many words.
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