Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

I am so insignificant. How can I answer You?
I place my hand over my mouth.

New American Standard Bible

“Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
I lay my hand on my mouth.

King James Version

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

International Standard Version

"I must look insignificant to you! How can I answer you? I'm speechless.

American Standard Version

Behold, I am of small account; What shall I answer thee? I lay my hand upon my mouth.


“Behold, I am of little importance and contemptible; what can I reply to You?
I lay my hand on my mouth.

Bible in Basic English

Truly, I am of no value; what answer may I give to you? I will put my hand on my mouth.

Darby Translation

Behold, I am nought: what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

Julia Smith Translation

Behold, I was vile; what shall I turn back to thee? I put my hand to my mouth.

King James 2000

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer you? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

Lexham Expanded Bible

"Look, I am insignificant. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Modern King James verseion

Behold, I am vile! What shall I answer You? I will lay my hand on my mouth.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

"Behold, I am too vile a person to answer thee, therefore will I lay my hand upon my mouth.

NET Bible

"Indeed, I am completely unworthy -- how could I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth to silence myself.

New Heart English Bible

"Behold, I am of small account. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

The Emphasized Bible

Lo! I am of no account, what shall I reply to thee? My hand, have I laid on my mouth:


Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth.

World English Bible

"Behold, I am of small account. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.

Youngs Literal Translation

Lo, I have been vile, What do I return to Thee? My hand I have placed on my mouth.


Root Form
Behold, I am vile
Usage: 82

Usage: 1058

thee I will lay
שׂים שׂוּם 
Usage: 580

Usage: 1612

for, at, to, upon
Usage: 7



Context Readings

I Am The Lord All-Powerful

3 Then Job answered the Lord: 4 I am so insignificant. How can I answer You?
I place my hand over my mouth.
5 I have spoken once, and I will not reply;
twice, but now I can add nothing.

Cross References

Job 29:9

City officials stopped talking
and covered their mouths with their hands.

Job 21:5

Look at me and shudder;
put your hand over your mouth.

Job 42:6

Therefore I take back my words
and repent in dust and ashes.

Judges 18:19

They told him, “Be quiet. Keep your mouth shut. Come with us and be a father and a priest to us. Is it better for you to be a priest for the house of one person or for you to be a priest for a tribe and family in Israel?”

Ezra 9:6

And I said:

My God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face toward You, my God, because our iniquities are higher than our heads and our guilt is as high as the heavens.

Genesis 18:27

Then Abraham answered, “Since I have ventured to speak to the Lord—even though I am dust and ashes—

Genesis 32:10

I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness You have shown Your servant. Indeed, I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two camps.

2 Samuel 24:10

David’s conscience troubled him after he had taken a census of the troops. He said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I’ve done. Now, Lord, because I’ve been very foolish, please take away Your servant’s guilt.”

1 Kings 19:4

but he went on a day’s journey into the wilderness. He sat down under a broom tree and prayed that he might die. He said, “I have had enough! Lord, take my life, for I’m no better than my fathers.”

Ezra 9:15

Lord God of Israel, You are righteous, for we survive as a remnant today. Here we are before You with our guilt, though no one can stand in Your presence because of this.

Nehemiah 9:33

You are righteous concerning all that has come on us,
because You have acted faithfully,
while we have acted wickedly.

Job 9:31-35

then You dip me in a pit of mud,
and my own clothes despise me!

Job 16:21

I wish that someone might arbitrate
between a man and God
just as a man pleads for his friend.

Job 23:4-7

I would plead my case before Him
and fill my mouth with arguments.

Job 31:37

I would give Him an account of all my steps;
I would approach Him like a prince.

Psalm 39:9

I am speechless; I do not open my mouth
because of what You have done.

Psalm 51:4-5

Against You—You alone—I have sinned
and done this evil in Your sight.
So You are right when You pass sentence;
You are blameless when You judge.

Proverbs 30:32

If you have been foolish by exalting yourself
or if you’ve been scheming,
put your hand over your mouth.

Isaiah 6:5

Then I said:

Woe is me for I am ruined
because I am a man of unclean lips
and live among a people of unclean lips,
and because my eyes have seen the King,
the Lord of Hosts.

Isaiah 53:6

We all went astray like sheep;
we all have turned to our own way;
and the Lord has punished Him
for the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like something unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like a polluted garment;
all of us wither like a leaf,
and our iniquities carry us away like the wind.

Daniel 9:5

we have sinned, done wrong, acted wickedly, rebelled, and turned away from Your commands and ordinances.

Daniel 9:7

Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but this day public shame belongs to us: the men of Judah, the residents of Jerusalem, and all Israel—those who are near and those who are far, in all the countries where You have dispersed them because of the disloyalty they have shown toward You.

Micah 7:16

Nations will see and be ashamed
of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths,
and their ears will become deaf.

Habakkuk 2:20

But the Lord is in His holy temple;
let everyone on earth
be silent in His presence.

Zechariah 2:13

Let all people be silent before the Lord, for He is coming from His holy dwelling.”

Luke 5:8

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at Jesus’ knees and said, “Go away from me, because I’m a sinful man, Lord!”

Luke 15:18-19

I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.

Luke 18:13

“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, turn Your wrath from me—a sinner!’

1 Timothy 1:15

This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them.

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