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Job 13:5

5 If only you would be altogether silent! For you, that would be wisdom.

Read Job 13:5 Using Other Translations

O that ye would altogether hold your peace! and it should be your wisdom.
Oh that you would keep silent, and it would be your wisdom!
If only you could be silent! That’s the wisest thing you could do.

What does Job 13:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 13:5

And that ye would altogether hold your peace
Since what they said of him was not true, nor anything to the purpose, or that tended to the comfort of his afflicted soul, but the reverse; and therefore he could have wished they had never broke silence, but continued as they were the first seven days of their visit; and now, since they had spoken, and had done no good by speaking, but hurt, he desires for the future they would be silent, and say no more:

and it should be your wisdom:
it would be the greatest evidence of it they could give; they had shown none by speaking; it would be a proof of some in them, should they hold their peace; a very biting expression this see ( Proverbs 17:28 ) .

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