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Job 12:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He removeth the speech of the trusty, And taketh away the understanding of the elders.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He depriveth of speech the trusty, and taketh away the judgment of the elders;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Setting aside the speech of the trusty, and, the discernment of elders, He taketh away:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Turning aside the lip of the stedfast, And the reason of the aged He taketh away.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He changeth the speech of the true speakers, and taketh away the doctrine of the aged.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— He remooueth away the speech of the trustie, and taketh away the vnderstanding of the aged.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— He changes the lips of the trusty, and he knows the understanding of the elders.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— He removeth away the speech of the trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He removeth away 5493
{5493} Prime
A primitive root; to turn off (literally or figuratively).
<8688> Grammar
Stem - Hiphil (See H8818)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 857
the speech 8193
{8193} Prime
(The second form is in dual and plural); Probably from H5595 or H8192 through the idea of termination (compare H5490); the lip (as a natural boundary); by implication language; by analogy a margin (of a vessel, water, cloth, etc.).
of the trusty, 539
{0539} Prime
A primitive root; properly to build up or support; to foster as a parent or nurse; figuratively to render (or be) firm or faithful, to trust or believe, to be permanent or quiet; morally to be true or certain; once (in Isaiah 30:21; by interchange for H0541) to go to the right hand.
<8737> Grammar
Stem - Niphal (See H8833)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 793
and taketh away 3947
{3947} Prime
A primitive root; to take (in the widest variety of applications).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the understanding 2940
{2940} Prime
From H2938; properly a taste, that is, (figuratively) perception; by implication intelligence; transitively a mandate.
of the aged. 2205
{2205} Prime
From H2204; old.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 12:20

_ _ the trusty — rather, “those secure in their eloquence”; for example, the speakers in the gate (Isaiah 3:3) [Beza].

_ _ understanding — literally, “taste,” that is, insight or spiritual discernment, which experience gives the aged. The same Hebrew word is applied to Daniel’s wisdom in interpretation (Daniel 2:14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 12:12-25.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 12:20

The speech — By taking away or restraining the gift of utterance from them. Or, by taking away their understanding which should direct their speech. Trusty — Of those wise and experienced counsellors, that were trusted by the greatest princes.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 12:20

He removeth away the speech of the (l) trusty, and taketh away the understanding of the aged.

(l) He causes their words to have no credit, which is when he will punish sin.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the speech of the trusty:
Heb. the lip of the faithful,
Proverbs 10:21 The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.
Proverbs 12:19 The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue [is] but for a moment.
Proverbs 12:22 Lying lips [are] abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly [are] his delight.


Job 12:24 He taketh away the heart of the chief of the people of the earth, and causeth them to wander in a wilderness [where there is] no way.
Job 17:4 For thou hast hid their heart from understanding: therefore shalt thou not exalt [them].
Job 32:9 Great men are not [always] wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.
Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.
Isaiah 3:1-3 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water, ... The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
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Jb 12:24; 17:4; 32:9; 39:17. Pv 10:21; 12:19, 22. Is 3:1.

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