Job 11:3

3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

Job 11:3 in Other Translations

3 Should thy lies make men hold their peace? and when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
3 Should your babble silence men, and when you mock, shall no one shame you?
3 Should I remain silent while you babble on? When you mock God, shouldn’t someone make you ashamed?
3 Job, do you think you can carry on like this and we'll say nothing? That we'll let you rail and mock and not step in?
3 Should your babbling put others to silence, so that you can keep on ridiculing with no one to humiliate you?

Job 11:3 Meaning and Commentary

Job 11:3

Should thy lies make men hold their peace?
&c.] By which he means, either lies in common, untruths wilfully told, which are sins of a scandalous nature, which good men will not dare to commit knowingly; and to give a man, especially such a man, the lie, is very indecent; and to charge a man falsely with it is very injurious: or else doctrinal ones, errors in judgment, falsehoods concerning God and things divine; which not only are not of the truth, for no lie is of the truth, but are against it; and indeed where the case is notorious in either sense, men should not be silent, or be as men deaf and dumb, as the word F21 signifies, as if they did not hear the lies told them, or were unconcerned about them, or connived at them: David would not suffer a liar to be near him, nor dwell in his house, ( Psalms 101:7 ) ; a common liar ought to be reproved and rejected; and doctrinal liars and lies should be opposed and resisted; truth should be contended for, and nothing be done against it, but everything for it: it is criminal to be silent at either sort of lies; nor should the bold and blustering manner in which they are told frighten men from a detection of them, which perhaps is what may be hinted at here F23; some render the words {x}, "should thine iniquity frighten men?" they are not so strong and nervous as to appear unanswerable, and deter men from undertaking a reply unto them:

and, when thou mockest, shall no man make thee ashamed?
here Job is represented as a mocker of God, which is inferred from ( Job 10:3 ) ; and at his friends, and the arguments they used, and the advice they gave, which is concluded from his words in ( Job 6:25 Job 6:26 ) ; and as one hardened, who was not, and could not be made ashamed of what he had said against either, by anything that had been offered for his reproof and conviction: to make a mock of God, or a jest of divine things, or scoff at good men, is very bad; indeed it is the character of the worst of men; and such should be made ashamed, if possible, by exposing their sin and folly; and if not here, they will be covered with shame hereafter, when they shall appear before God, the Judge of all, who will not be mocked, and shall see the saints at the right hand of Christ, whom they have jeered and scoffed at: but this was not Job's true character; he was no mocker of God nor of good men; in this he was wronged and injured, and had nothing of this sort to be made ashamed of.


F21 So Ben Melech.
F23 (Kydb) "jactantias tuas", Cocceius.
F24 "Tuane argumenta mortales consternabunt?" Codurcus.

Job 11:3 In-Context

1 Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
2 “Are all these words to go unanswered? Is this talker to be vindicated?
3 Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
4 You say to God, ‘My beliefs are flawless and I am pure in your sight.’
5 Oh, how I wish that God would speak, that he would open his lips against you

Cross References 2

  • 1. Ephesians 4:29; Ephesians 5:4
  • 2. Job 12:4; Job 16:10; Job 17:2; Job 21:3; Job 30:1; Psalms 1:1
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