The Meaning of Job 29:10 Explained

Job 29:10

KJV: The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

YLT: The voice of leaders hath been hidden, And their tongue to the palate hath cleaved.

Darby: The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue cleaved to their palate.

ASV: The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

KJV Reverse Interlinear

The nobles  held  their peace,  and their tongue  cleaved  to the roof of their mouth. 

What does Job 29:10 Mean?

Context Summary

Job 29:1-25 - The Bitter Memory Of The Happy Past
How many thousands, looking back on the beautiful dawn of life which has become overcast, have uttered the thought of the opening words of this chapter! The worldling has no hope of the renewal of that blessed past; but the believer knows that in Christ he belongs to the eternal order, which enters into the devastation wrought by sin, arresting, canceling and converting evil into good.
If we believe in Jesus Christ, submit to His will, and unite ourselves to His heart, "a statelier Eden" comes back to us. God watches over us for good; His lamp shines on our way; His friendship is in our tent, and His love transfigures all things. The graphic description which follows of the life of a godly man is still true when a man's ways please the Lord. [source]

Chapter Summary: Job 29

1  Job bemoans his former prosperity

What do the individual words in Job 29:10 mean?

The voice of nobles was hushed and their tongue to the roof of their mouth stuck
קוֹל־ נְגִידִ֥ים נֶחְבָּ֑אוּ וּ֝לְשׁוֹנָ֗ם לְחִכָּ֥ם דָּבֵֽקָה

קוֹל־  The  voice 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: קֹול 
Sense: voice, sound, noise.
נְגִידִ֥ים  of  nobles 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural
Root: נָגִיד  
Sense: leader, ruler, captain, prince.
נֶחְבָּ֑אוּ  was  hushed 
Parse: Verb, Nifal, Perfect, third person common plural
Root: חָבָא  
Sense: to withdraw, hide.
וּ֝לְשׁוֹנָ֗ם  and  their  tongue 
Parse: Conjunctive waw, Noun, common singular construct, third person masculine plural
Root: לָשֹׁון  
Sense: tongue.
לְחִכָּ֥ם  to  the  roof  of  their  mouth 
Parse: Preposition-l, Noun, masculine singular construct, third person masculine plural
Root: חֵךְ  
Sense: mouth, palate, taste, gums.
דָּבֵֽקָה  stuck 
Parse: Verb, Qal, Perfect, third person feminine singular
Root: דָּבַק  
Sense: to cling, stick, stay close, cleave, keep close, stick to, stick with, follow closely, join to, overtake, catch.

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