New International Version
If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.
King James Bible
O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
Darby Bible Translation
Oh that ye would be altogether silent! and it would be your wisdom.
World English Bible
Oh that you would be completely silent! Then you would be wise.
Young's Literal Translation
O that ye would keep perfectly silent, And it would be to you for wisdom.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom - In Proverbs 17:28 we have the following apophtheym: "Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise; and he that shutteth his lips, a man of understanding." There is no reason to say that Solomon quotes from Job: I have already expressed my opinion that the high antiquity attributed to this book is perfectly unfounded, and that there is much more evidence that Solomon was its author, than there is that it was the composition of Moses. But, whenever Job 54ed, whether before Abraham or after Moses, the book was not written till the time of Solomon, if not later. But as to the saying in question, it is a general apophthegm, and may be found among the wise sayings of all nations. I may observe here, that a silent man is not likely to be a fool; for a fool will be always prating, or, according to another adage, a fool's bolt is soon shot. The Latins have the same proverb: Vir sapit, qui pauca loquitur, "A wise man speaks little."
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LibraryStruggles of Conscience
I shall attempt to address you in the following order this morning. First, a little by way of consolation; then, a little by way of instruction; a little more upon discrimination or caution; and in the last place, a few sentences by way of exhortation. I. First, beloved, let me speak to you who are desiring to feel more and more your sins, and whose prayer is the prayer of the text, "Lord how many are mine iniquities and my sins, make me to know my transgression and my sin." Let me try to COMFORT …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860
Not Now, but Hereafter!
A Canticle of Love
"Thou Shall Keep Him in Perfect Peace, Whose Mind is Stayed on Thee, Because He Trusteth in Thee. "
Hear now my argument; listen to the pleas of my lips.
"Keep silent and let me speak; then let come to me what may.
Look at me and be appalled; clap your hand over your mouth.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.
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