Proverbs 30:32

30:32 If you have done foolishly by exalting yourself

or if you have planned evil,

put your hand over your mouth!

tn The construction has the בְּ (bet) preposition with the Hitpael infinitive construct, forming a temporal clause. This clause explains the way in which the person has acted foolishly.

tn Heb “hand to mouth.” This express means “put your hand to your mouth” (e.g., Job 40:4, 5); cf. NIV “clap your hand over.”