New International Version
I also could speak like you, if you were in my place; I could make fine speeches against you and shake my head at you.
King James Bible
I also could speak as ye do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could heap up words against you, and shake mine head at you.
Darby Bible Translation
I also could speak as ye: if your soul were in my soul's stead, I could join together words against you, and shake my head at you;
World English Bible
I also could speak as you do. If your soul were in my soul's place, I could join words together against you, and shake my head at you,
Young's Literal Translation
I also, like you, might speak, If your soul were in my soul's stead. I might join against you with words, And nod at you with my head.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I also could speak - It is probably better to render some of these permissives or potential verbs literally in the future tense, as in the Hebrew: I also Will speak. Mr. Good has adopted this mode.
If your soul were in my soul's stead - If you were in my place, I also could quote many wise sayings that might tend to show that you were hypocrites and wicked men; but would this be fair? Even when I might not choose to go farther in assertion, I might shake my head by way of insinuation that there was much more behind, of which I did not choose to speak; but would this be right? That such sayings are in memory, is no proof that they were either made for me, or apply to my case.
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To Theoctista, Patrician  . Gregory to Theoctista, &c. We ought to give great thanks to Almighty God, that our most pious and most benignant Emperors have near them kinsfolk of their race, whose life and conversation is such as to give us all great joy. Hence too we should continually pray for these our lords, that their life, with that of all who belong to them, may by the protection of heavenly grace be preserved through long and tranquil times. I have to inform you, however, that I have …
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Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads
But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.
All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads.
I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
this is the word the LORD has spoken against him: "Virgin Daughter Zion despises and mocks you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.
Was not Israel the object of your ridicule? Was she caught among thieves, that you shake your head in scorn whenever you speak of her?
This is the city of revelry that lived in safety. She said to herself, "I am the one! And there is none besides me." What a ruin she has become, a lair for wild beasts! All who pass by her scoff and shake their fists.
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