Job 12:3
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New International Version
But I have a mind as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know all these things?

New Living Translation
Well, I know a few things myself--and you're no better than I am. Who doesn't know these things you've been saying?

English Standard Version
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?

New American Standard Bible
"But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?

King James Bible
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

Christian Standard Bible
But I also have a mind like you; I am not inferior to you. Who doesn't know the things you are talking about?

Contemporary English Version
But I know as much as you do, and so does everyone else.

Good News Translation
But I have as much sense as you have; I am in no way inferior to you; everyone knows all that you have said.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I also have a mind; I am not inferior to you. Who doesn't know the things you are talking about?

International Standard Version
Like you, I also have understanding. I'm not inferior to you; who doesn't know things like this?"

NET Bible
I also have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Who does not know such things as these?

New Heart English Bible
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Yes, who doesn't know such things as these?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Like you, I have a mind. I am not inferior to you. But who doesn't know these things?

JPS Tanakh 1917
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you; Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

New American Standard 1977
“But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I have a heart as well as you; I am not inferior to you; and who shall not be able to say as much again?

King James 2000 Bible
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knows not such things as these?

American King James Version
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these?

American Standard Version
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: Yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

Douay-Rheims Bible
I also have a heart as well as you: for who is ignorant of these things, which you know?

Darby Bible Translation
I also have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you; and who knoweth not such things as these?

English Revised Version
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yea, who knoweth not such things as these?

Webster's Bible Translation
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knoweth not such things as these?

World English Bible
But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you. Yes, who doesn't know such things as these?

Young's Literal Translation
I also have a heart like you, I am not fallen more than you, And with whom is there not like these?
Study Bible
Job's Response to Zophar
2"Truly then you are the people, And with you wisdom will die! 3"But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these? 4"I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.…
Cross References
Job 13:2
"What you know I also know; I am not inferior to you.

Job 15:9
"What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not?
Treasury of Scripture

But I have understanding as well as you; I am not inferior to you: yes, who knows not such things as these?

But I have

Job 13:2-5 What you know, the same do I know also: I am not inferior to you…

Proverbs 26:4 Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like to him.

2 Corinthians 11:5,21-23 For I suppose I was not a whit behind the very most chief apostles…

understanding. Heb. an heart. I am not inferior to you. Heb. I fall not lower than you. who knoweth not such things as these. Heb. with whom are not such as these

Job 6:6,7 Can that which is unsavory be eaten without salt? or is there any …

Job 26:2,3 How have you helped him that is without power? how save you the arm …

Verse 3. - But I have understanding as well as you. "I, however, claim to have just as much understanding [literally, 'heart'] as you, and to be just as well entitled to speak, and to claim attention;" since I am not inferior to you. "I am not conscious," i.e., "of any inferiority to you, intellectual or moral. I do not fall below you in either respect." Yea, who knoweth not such things as these? "Not," Job means to say, "that much understanding is necessary in such a case as this; any man of common intelligence can form a correct judgment on the point in dispute between us." The special point, in Job's mind, seems to be God's complete mastery over the world, and absolute control over all that takes place in it (see the introductory paragraph). But I have understanding as well as you,.... A natural understanding, or an understanding of natural things, which distinguishes a man from a brute; and a spiritual understanding, an understanding enlightened by the spirit of God, which is naturally dark as to divine things; but he had an understanding given him, to know himself, his state and condition by nature; to know God, his love and grace to men, and, as his covenant God, to know Christ his living Redeemer, who should stand on the earth in the latter day, both to be his Redeemer and his Judge; to know his interest in him, and in the blessings of grace and glory by him: or, "I have an heart as well as you" (d); a wise and an understanding one; a new heart, and a right spirit; an heart to fear and serve the Lord, a sincere and upright one, and devoid of hypocrisy and deceit; and as good an one as theirs:

I am not inferior unto you: he was indeed as to estate and substance, being now reduced; though he had been, in that sense, the greatest man in all the east; but in wisdom and knowledge, in gifts and grace: thus a modest man, when oppressed and insulted by the speeches of overbearing men, may be obliged and see it necessary to say some things of himself, in his own vindication, which he otherwise would not; see 2 Corinthians 11:15; or, "I am not falling before you"; or "by you" (e); as one intimidated, conquered, and yielding; I stand my ground, and will not gave way or submit to you, or allow you to have the superiority of me: or, "I am falling no more than you"; they took him for an apostate from God, and the fear of him, and the true religion he had professed, which Job denies; he held fast his integrity; and though he was fallen into calamities and afflictions, he was not fallen from God; from his fear of him, faith in him, and love and obedience to him; he was a holy, good man, a persevering saint; and though he had slips and falls in common with good men, yet fell not finally and totally, or was an apostate from the faith:

yea, who knoweth not such things as these? or, "with whom are not as these" (f)? the things you have been discoursing of, which you would fain have pass for the secrets of wisdom, deep and mysterious things, hid from vulgar eyes, which none have and know but yourselves, are common things, what everyone is possessed of, and understands as well as you; that there is a God that has made the world, and governs it; that he himself is unsearchable, infinite and incomprehensible; a sovereign Being that does according to his will and pleasure, and sees and knows all things, and does all things well and wisely, and according to the counsel of his will: though some think Job has reference not to what Zophar had been discoursing concerning the infinity and wisdom of God, but to the thing or things in dispute between them, or to the assertions of his friends; that it is always well with good men, and ill with bad men, or that wicked men only are punished and afflicted, and particularly what Zophar concluded his speech with, Job 11:20. Now these were vulgar notions, which the common people had taken up, and were vulgar errors, as he proves in the following verses, by giving instances of good men, being afflicted, and of bad men being in prosperity.

(d) "etiam mihi cor sicut vobis", Pagninus, Montanus, Mercerus, Schmidt, Michaelis, Schultens; so Broughton. (e) "non cadens ego a vobis", Montanus, Vatablus, Bolducius, Beza, Mercerus, Michaelis; "prae vobis", Schmidt. (f) "et cum quo non sicut haec?" Pagninus, Montanus, Bolducius, Mercerus; and to the same sense Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Schultens. 3. not inferior—not vanquished in argument and "wisdom" (Job 13:2).

such things as these—such commonplace maxims as you so pompously adduce.12:1-5 Job upbraids his friends with the good opinion they had of their own wisdom compared with his. We are apt to call reproofs reproaches, and to think ourselves mocked when advised and admonished; this is our folly; yet here was colour for this charge. He suspected the true cause of their conduct to be, that they despised him who was fallen into poverty. It is the way of the world. Even the just, upright man, if he comes under a cloud, is looked upon with contempt.
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