New American Standard Bible
"Look at me, and be astonished, And put your hand over your mouth.
King James Bible
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay your hand upon your mouth.
Darby Bible Translation
Mark me, and be astonished, and lay the hand upon the mouth.
World English Bible
Look at me, and be astonished. Lay your hand on your mouth.
Young's Literal Translation
Turn unto me, and be astonished, And put hand to mouth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Mark me - Margin, "look unto." Literally, "Look upon me. That is, attentively look on me, on my sufferings, on my disease, and my losses. See if I am a proper object of repreach and mockery - see if I have not abundant reason to be in deep distress when God has afflicted me in a manner so unusual and mysterious.
And be astonished - Silent astonishment should be evinced instead of censure. You should wonder that a man whose life has been a life of piety, should exhibit the spectacle which you now behold, while so many proud contemners of God are permitted to live in affluence and ease.
And lay your hand upon your mouth - As a token of silence and wonder. So Plutarch, de Iside et Osiride, "Wherefore, he had laid his finger on his mouth as a symbol of silence and admiration - ἐχεμυθίας καὶ σιωπῆς σύμβολον echemuthias kai siōpēs sumbolon."
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They said to him, "Be silent, put your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?"
"O that you would be completely silent, And that it would become your wisdom!
"The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths;
"Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.
If you have been foolish in exalting yourself Or if you have plotted evil, put your hand on your mouth.
Thus He will sprinkle many nations, Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.
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