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Job 12:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Doth not the ear try words, Even as the palate tasteth its food?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste its food?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Doth not the ear try words, as the palate tasteth food?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Doth not, the ear, try, words? even as, the palate, tasteth for itself, food?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Doth not the ear try words? And the palate taste food for itself?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Doth not the ear discern words, and the palate of him that eateth, the taste?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Doeth not the eare trie wordes? And the mouth taste his meate?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— For the ear tries words, and the palate tastes meats.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Doth not x3808
(3808) Complement
lo; a primitive particle; not (the simple or abstract negation); by implication no; often used with other particles.
the ear 241
{0241} Prime
From H0238; broadness, that is, (concretely) the ear (from its form in man).
try 974
{0974} Prime
A primitive root; to test (especially metals); generally and figuratively to investigate.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
words? 4405
{4405} Prime
From H4448 (plural masculine as if from the second form); a word; collectively a discourse; figuratively a topic.
and the mouth 2441
{2441} Prime
Probably from H2496 in the sense of tasting; properly the palate or inside of the mouth; hence the mouth itself (as the organ of speech, taste and kissing).
taste 2938
{2938} Prime
A primitive root; to taste; figuratively to perceive.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
his meat? 400
{0400} Prime
From H0398; food.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 12:11

_ _ As the mouth by tasting meats selects what pleases it, so the ear tries the words of others and retains what is convincing. Each chooses according to his taste. The connection with Job 12:12 is in reference to Bildad’s appeal to the “ancients” (Job 8:8). You are right in appealing to them, since “with them was wisdom,” etc. But you select such proverbs of theirs as suit your views; so I may borrow from the same such as suit mine.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 12:6-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 12:11

Doth not — This may be a preface to his following discourse; whereby he invites them to hear and judge of his words candidly and impartially; that they and he too might agree in disallowing what should appear to be false, and owning of every truth.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 12:11

Doth not the ear (f) try words? and the mouth taste his meat?

(f) He exhorts them to be wise in judging, and as well to know the right use of their God-given ears, as well as their mouths.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 34:3 For the ear trieth words, as the mouth tasteth meat.
1 Corinthians 10:15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
Philippians 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;
Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
1 Peter 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.

Heb. palate,
Job 6:30 Is there iniquity in my tongue? cannot my taste discern perverse things?
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