Job 20:3
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New International Version
I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.

New Living Translation
I've had to endure your insults, but now my spirit prompts me to reply.

English Standard Version
I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.

New American Standard Bible
"I listened to the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

King James Bible
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding makes me reply.

International Standard Version
Whenever I hear an insulting rebuke, I respond from my spirit because I understand."

NET Bible
When I hear a reproof that dishonors me, then my understanding prompts me to answer.

New Heart English Bible
I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have heard criticism that makes me ashamed, but a spirit beyond my understanding gives me answers.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame, But out of my understanding my spirit answereth me.

New American Standard 1977
“I listened to the reproof which insults me,
            And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my intelligence causes me to answer.

King James 2000 Bible
I have heard the rebuke of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.

American King James Version
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.

American Standard Version
I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answereth me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The doctrine with which thou reprovest me, I will hear, and the spirit of my understanding shall answer for me.

Darby Bible Translation
I hear a reproof putting me to shame; and [my] spirit answereth me by mine understanding.

English Revised Version
I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame, and the spirit of my understanding answereth me.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

World English Bible
I have heard the reproof which puts me to shame. The spirit of my understanding answers me.

Young's Literal Translation
The chastisement of my shame I hear, And the spirit of mine understanding Doth cause me to answer:
Study Bible
Zophar: Triumph of the Wicked Short-lived
2"Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond, Even because of my inward agitation. 3"I listened to the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer. 4"Do you know this from of old, From the establishment of man on earth,…
Cross References
Job 19:3
"These ten times you have insulted me; You are not ashamed to wrong me.

Job 20:2
"Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond, Even because of my inward agitation.
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(3) I have heard the check of my reproach.--Rather, I have heard, or, I hear the reproof of my shame: that is, a reproof that puts me to shame, or is intended to do so.

The spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.--Or, more literally, Out of my understanding my spirit answereth me, or causeth me to answer. He professes to be moved by an impulse within, which he cannot but obey.

Verse 3. - I have heard the check of my reproach; or, the reproof which putteth me to shame (Revised Version). Some suppose an allusion to Job 19:2, 3; but it is better to regard Zophar as enraged by vers. 28, 29 of Job 19. And the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer. This claim is not quite consistent with the acknowledgment of hastiness in ver. 2. But it is no unusual thing for an impetuous and hasty man to declare that he speaks from the dictates of pure dispassionate reason. I have heard the check of my reproach,.... He took it that Job had reproached him and his friends, by representing them as hardhearted men, and persecuting him wrongly in a violent manner; and he had observed the "check" or reproof given for it, by bidding them beware of the sword, and lest the punishment of it should be inflicted on them; and if that should not be the case, yet there was a righteous judgment they could not escape. Now Zophar heard this, but could not hear it with patience; be could not bear that he and his friends should be insulted, as he thought, in this manner; and therefore it was he was in such baste to return an answer; though some (d) think he here pretends to a divine oracle, like that which Eliphaz makes mention of in the beginning of this dispute, Job 4:12, &c. which he had from God, and from which he had heard the "correction of his reproach" (e), or a full confutation of the thing Job had reproached him with; and being thus divinely furnished, he thought it his duty to deliver it:

and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer; or his rational spirit, his natural understanding, furnished him at once with an answer; he had such a clear insight into the controversy on foot, and such a full view of it, that he thought himself capable of speaking very particularly to the matter in hand, and to the conviction and confusion of Job; nay, his conscience, or the spirit of his conscience, as Mr. Broughton renders it, not only readily dictated to him what he should say, but obliged him to it; though some think he meant the Holy Spirit of God, by which he would be thought to be inspired; that he "out of his understanding" (f), enlightened by him, caused him to answer, or would answer for him, or supply him with matter sufficient to qualify him for it; and this he might observe to Job, in order to raise his attention to what he was about to say.

(d) Schmidt. (e) "correctionem ignominiae meae", Pagninus, Montanus; so Schmidt, Michaelis. (f) "ex intelligentia mea", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Mercerus, Drusius, Schmidt, Michaelis. 3. check of my reproach—that is, the castigation intended as a reproach (literally, "shame") to me.

spirit of … understanding—my rational spirit; answering to "calm thoughts" (Job 20:2). In spite of thy reproach urging me to "hastiness." I will answer in calm reason.20:1-9 Zophar's discourse is upon the certain misery of the wicked. The triumph of the wicked and the joy of the hypocrite are fleeting. The pleasures and gains of sin bring disease and pain; they end in remorse, anguish, and ruin. Dissembled piety is double iniquity, and the ruin that attends it will be accordingly.
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