Job 29:9
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New American Standard Bible
"The princes stopped talking And put their hands on their mouths;

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
Princes have kept in words, And a hand they place on their mouth.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

The princes refrained talking - As a mark of respect, or in awe of his presence.

And laid their hand on their mouth - To lay the finger or the hand on the mouth is every where an action expressive of silence or respect; Notes, Job 21:5. "In one of the subterranean vaults of Egypt, where the mummies lie buried, they found in the coffin an embalmed body of a woman, before which was placed a figure of wood, representing a youth on his knees, laying a finger on his mouth, and holding in his other hand a sort of chafing dish, which was placed on his head, and in which, without doubt, had been some perfumes." Maillet.

Job 29:9 Parallel Commentaries

The Case of Spiritual Decay and Languor in Religion
1. Declension in religion, and relapses into sin, with their sorrowful consequences, are in the general too probable.--2. The ease of declension and langour in religion described, negatively.--3. And positively.--4. As discovering itself by a failure in the duties of the closet.--5. By a neglect of social worship.--6. By want of love to our fellow Christians.--7. By an undue attachment to sensual pleasures or secular cares.--8. By prejudices against some important principles in religion.--9,10. A
Philip Doddridge—The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul

Oh that I were as in Months Past! Job 29:02:00

John Newton—Olney Hymns

Cross References
Judges 18:19
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?"

Job 21:5
"Look at me, and be astonished, And put your hand over your mouth.

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

Job 29:21
"To me they listened and waited, And kept silent for my counsel.

Job 40:4
"Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth.

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