Job 20:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding prompts a reply.

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

New King James Version
I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me, And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.

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

NASB 1995
"I listened to the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

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

Amplified Bible
“I have heard the reproof which insults me, But the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The instruction of my reproof I shall hear, and the spirit of my understanding will answer me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
I will hear my shameful reproach; and the spirit of my understanding answers me.

Contemporary English Version
You have accused and insulted me, and reason requires a reply.

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.

Good News Translation
What you have said is an insult, but I know how to reply to you.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
I hear the discipline of my shame, "" And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer:

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.

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:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Zophar: Destruction Awaits the Wicked
2“So my anxious thoughts compel me to answer, because of the turmoil within me. 3I have heard a rebuke that insults me, and my understanding prompts a reply. 4Do you not know that from antiquity, since man was placed on the earth,…

Cross References
Job 19:3
Ten times now you have reproached me; you shamelessly mistreat me.

Job 20:2
"So my anxious thoughts compel me to answer, because of the turmoil within me.


Treasury of Scripture

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

the check

Job 19:29
Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye 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.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
I have heard
אֶשְׁמָ֑ע (’eš·mā‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 8085: To hear intelligently

a rebuke
מוּסַ֣ר (mū·sar)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4148: Chastisement, reproof, warning, instruction, restraint

that insults me,
כְּלִמָּתִ֣י (kə·lim·mā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3639: Insult, reproach, ignominy

and my understanding
מִֽבִּינָתִ֥י (mib·bî·nā·ṯî)
Preposition-m | Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 998: An understanding

makes me reply.
יַעֲנֵֽנִי׃ (ya·‘ă·nê·nî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's 6030: To answer, respond


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