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Job 20:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame; And the spirit of my understanding answereth me.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “I listened to the reproof which insults me, And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I hear a reproof putting me to shame; and [my] spirit answereth me by mine understanding.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The correction meant to confound me, I must hear, but, the spirit—out of my understanding, will give me a reply.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The chastisement of my shame I hear, And the spirit of mine understanding Doth cause me to answer:
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The doctrine with which thou reprovest me, I will hear, and the spirit of my understanding shall answer for me.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I haue heard the checke of my reproach, and the spirit of my vnderstanding causeth me to answere.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— I will hear my shameful reproach; and the spirit of my understanding answers me.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— I have heard the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I have heard 8085
{8085} Prime
שָׁמַע
shama`
{shaw-mah'}
A primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively to tell, etc.).
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
the check 4148
{4148} Prime
מוּסָר
muwcar
{moo-sawr'}
From H3256; properly chastisement; figuratively reproof, warning or instruction; also restraint.
of my reproach, 3639
{3639} Prime
כְּלִמָּה
k@limmah
{kel-im-maw'}
From H3637; disgrace.
and the spirit 7307
{7307} Prime
רוּחַ
ruwach
{roo'-akh}
From H7306; wind; by resemblance breath, that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions).
of my understanding 998
{0998} Prime
בִּינָה
biynah
{bee-naw'}
From H0995; understanding.
x4480
(4480) Complement
מִן
min
{min}
For H4482; properly a part of; hence (prepositionally), from or out of in many senses.
causeth me to answer. 6030
{6030} Prime
עָנָה
`anah
{aw-naw'}
A primitive root; properly to eye or (generally) to heed, that is, pay attention; by implication to respond; by extension to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Job 20:3

_ _ 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.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Job 20:1-9.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Job 20:3

The check — Thy opprobrious reproofs of us. Understanding — I speak, not from passion, but certain knowledge.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Job 20:3

I have heard (a) the check of my reproach, and the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

(a) He declares that two things moved him to speak: that is, because Job seemed to touch him, and because he thought he had knowledge sufficient to confute him.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
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.
Psalms 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart [shall be] of understanding.
Psalms 78:2-5 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: ... For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
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