Job 29:9

9 the chief men refrained from speaking and covered their mouths with their hands;

Read Job 29:9 Using Other Translations

The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.
the princes refrained from talking and laid their hand on their mouth;
The princes stood in silence and put their hands over their mouths.

What does Job 29:9 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Job 29:9

The princes refrained talking
Who were in court before Job came in, and were either talking with one another about indifferent matters, or were giving their opinion in a case before them; but no sooner did Job make his appearance, but they left off talking, and would not proceed any further; they laid a restraint upon their words, and curbed themselves from speaking any more till they had heard his opinion:

and laid [their] hand on their mouth;
as a token of silence, ( Judges 18:19 ) .

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