And they said unto him, Hold your peace, lay your hand upon your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or that you be a priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?
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George Leo Haydock
Mouth; to signify that silence must be observed, Job xxix. 9., and Ecclesiasticus v. 12. Angerona, among the Romans, and Harpo crates, in Egypt, were represented in this posture; Digi toque silentia suadet. (Ovid, Met. ix.)