New International Version
"My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer because I am greatly disturbed.
King James Bible
Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer, and for this I make haste.
Darby Bible Translation
Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and for this is my haste within me.
World English Bible
"Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me, even by reason of my haste that is in me.
Young's Literal Translation
Therefore my thoughts cause me to answer, And because of my sensations in me.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Therefore do my thoughts - It has already been observed that Zophar was the most inveterate of all Job's enemies, for we really must cease to call them friends. He sets no bounds to his invective, and outrages every rule of charity. A man of such a bitter spirit must have been, in general, very unhappy. With him Job is, by insinuation, every thing that is base, vile, and hypocritical. Mr. Good translates this verse thus: "Whither would my tumult transport me? And how far my agitation within me?" This is all the modesty that appears in Zophar's discourse. He acknowledges that he is pressed by the impetuosity of his spirit to reply to Job's self-vindication. The original is variously translated, but the sense is as above.
For this I make haste - ובעבור חושי בי ubaabur chushi bi, there is sensibility in me, and my feelings provoke me to reply.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
I make haste. Heb. my haste is in me
LibraryJune 9 Evening
The triumphing of the wicked is short.--JOB 20:5. Thou shalt bruise his heel.--This is your hour, and the power of darkness.--As the children are partakers of flesh and blood he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.--Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about …
Anonymous—Daily Light on the Daily Path
Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:
I hear a rebuke that dishonors me, and my understanding inspires me to reply.
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