Job 20:3
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English Standard Version
I hear censure that insults me, and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.

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

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

26 And after my skin, thus torn to pieces,

And without my flesh shall I behold Eloah,

27 Whom I shall behold for my good,

And mine eyes shall see Him and no other -

My veins languish in my bosom.

28 Ye think: "How shall we persecute him?"

Since the root of the matter is found in me -

29 Therefore be ye afraid of the sword,

For wrath meeteth the transgressions of the sword,

That ye may know there is a judgment!

If we have correctly understood על־עפר,Job 19:25, we cannot in this speech find that the hope of a bodily recovery is expressed. In connection with this rendering, the oldest representative of which is Chrysostom, מבּשׂרי is translated either: free from my flesh equals having become a skeleton (Umbr., Hirz., and Stickel, in comm. in Iobi loc. de Gole, 1832, and in the transl., Gleiss, Hlgst., Renan), but this מבשׂרי, if the מן is taken as privative, can signify nothing else but fleshless equals bodiless; or: from my flesh, i.e., the flesh when made whole again (viz., Eichhorn in the Essay, which has exercised considerable influence, to his Allg. Bibl. d. bibl. Lit. i. 3, 1787, von Clln, BCr., Knapp, von Hofm.,

(Note: Von Hofmann (Schriftbeweis, ii. 2, 503) translates: "I know, however, my Redeemer is living, and hereafter He will stand forth which must have been יעמד instead of יקום] upon the earth and after my skin, this surrounding (נקּפוּ, Chaldaism, instead of נקּפוּת after the form עקּשׁוּת), and from my flesh shall I behold God, whom I shall behold for myself, and my eyes see [Him], and He is not strange.")

and others), but hereby the relation of Job 19:26 to Job 19:26 becomes a contrast, without there being anything to indicate it. Moreover, this rendering, as מבשׂרי may also be explained, is in itself contrary to the spirit and plan of the book; for the character of Job's present state of mind is, that he looks for certain death, and will hear nothing of the consolation of recovery (Job 17:10-16), which sounds to him as mere mockery; that he, however, notwithstanding, does not despair of God, but, by the consciousness of his innocence and the uncharitableness of the friends, is more and more impelled from the God of wrath and caprice to the God of love, his future Redeemer; and that then, when at the end of the course of suffering the actual proof of God's love breaks through the seeming manifestation of wrath, even that which Job had not ventured to hope is realized: a return of temporal prosperity beyond his entreaty and comprehension.

On the other hand, the mode of interpretation of the older translators and expositors, who find an expression of the hope of a resurrection at the end of the preceding strophe or the beginning of this, cannot be accepted. The lxx, by reading יקים instead of יקום, and connecting יקים עורי נקפו זאת, translates: ἀναστήσει δὲ (Cod. Vat. only ἀναστῆσαι) μου τὸ σῶμα (Cod. Vat. τὸ δέρμα μου) τὸ ἀναντλοῦν μοι (Cod. Vat. om. μοι) ταῦτα, - but how can any one's skin be said to awake (Italic: super terram resurget cutis mea),

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Job 20:3 Parallel Commentaries

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the check

Job 19:29 Be you afraid of the sword: for wrath brings the punishments of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.

the spirit

Job 20:2 Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.

Job 27:11 I will teach you by the hand of God: that which is with the Almighty will I not conceal.

Job 33:3 My words shall be of the uprightness of my heart: and my lips shall utter knowledge clearly.

Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

Psalm 78:2-5 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old...

Cross References
Job 19:3
These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me?

Job 20:2
"Therefore my thoughts answer me, because of my haste within me.

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