If only you would keep completely silent! 1 For you, that would be wisdom. 2
Pay attention, Job – listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.
If not, you listen to me; be silent, and I will teach you wisdom.”
Does a farmer just keep on plowing at planting time? 1 Does he keep breaking up and harrowing his ground?
But if her husband remains completely silent 1 about her from day to day, he thus confirms all her vows or all her obligations which she is under; he confirms them because he remained silent about when he heard them.
At that time 1 their fortified cities will be like the abandoned summits of the Amorites, 2 which they abandoned because of the Israelites; there will be desolation.
They said to him, “Shut up! Put your hand over your mouth and come with us! You can be our adviser 1 and priest. Wouldn’t it be better to be a priest for a whole Israelite tribe than for just one man’s family?” 2
He deported all the residents of Jerusalem, including all the officials and all the soldiers (10,000 people in all). This included all the craftsmen and those who worked with metal. No one was left except for the poorest among the people of the land.
“Don’t imagine that because you are part of the king’s household you will be the one Jew 1 who will escape. If you keep quiet at this time, liberation and protection for the Jews will appear 2 from another source, 3 while you and your father’s household perish. It may very well be 4 that you have achieved royal status 5 for such a time as this!”
The Lord showed me two baskets of figs sitting before his temple. This happened after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon deported Jehoiakim’s son, King Jeconiah of Judah. He deported him and the leaders of Judah, along with the craftsmen and metal workers, and took them to Babylon. 1