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Job 20:1–3

Zophar Speaks: The Wicked Will Suffer

20 Then cZophar the Naamathite answered and said:

“Therefore my dthoughts answer me,

because of my haste within me.

I hear censure that insults me,

and out of my understanding a spirit answers me.

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Job 20:1–3 — The New International Version (NIV)

Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

“My troubled thoughts prompt me to answer

because I am greatly disturbed.

I hear a rebuke that dishonors me,

and my understanding inspires me to reply.

Job 20:1–3 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Therefore do my thoughts cause me to answer,

And for this I make haste.

I have heard the check of my reproach,

And the spirit of my understanding causeth me to answer.

Job 20:1–3 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

“I must reply

because I am greatly disturbed.

I’ve had to endure your insults,

but now my spirit prompts me to reply.

Job 20:1–3 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said:

“Therefore my anxious thoughts make me answer,

Because of the turmoil within me.

I have heard the rebuke that reproaches me,

And the spirit of my understanding causes me to answer.

Job 20:1–3 — New Century Version (NCV)

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:

“My troubled thoughts cause me to answer,

because I am very upset.

You correct me and I am insulted,

but I understand how to answer you.

Job 20:1–3 — American Standard Version (ASV)

Then answered Zophar the Naamathite, and said,

Therefore do my thoughts give answer to me,

Even by reason of my haste that is in me.

I have heard the reproof which putteth me to shame;

And the spirit of my understanding answereth me.

Job 20:1–3 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

And Zophar the Naamathite answered and said, Therefore do my thoughts give me an answer, and for this is my haste within me. I hear a reproof putting me to shame; and my spirit answereth me by mine understanding.

Job 20:1–3 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Then Zophar from Naama replied ⸤to Job⸥, 

“My disturbing thoughts make me answer, 

and because of them I am upset. 

I have heard criticism that makes me ashamed, 

but a spirit beyond my understanding gives me answers. 

Job 20:1–3 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Then Zophar the Naamathite replied:

This is why my unsettling thoughts compel me to answer,

because I am upset!

I have heard a rebuke that insults me,

and my understanding makes me reply.

Job 20:1–3 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered:

“Pay attention! My thoughts urge me to answer,

because of the agitation within me.

I hear censure that insults me,

and a spirit beyond my understanding answers me.

Job 20:1–3 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered and said,

“Therefore my disquieting thoughts bring me back

for the sake of my inward excitement.

I hear discipline that insults me,

and a spirit beyond my understanding answers me.

Job 20:1–3 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

Then Zophar the Naamathite replied,

“My troubled thoughts force me to answer you.

That’s because I’m very upset.

What you have just said makes fun of me.

So I really have to reply to you.

Job 20:1–3 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,

Therefore my disquieting thoughts make me respond,

Even because of my inward agitation.

“I listened to the reproof which insults me,

And the spirit of my understanding makes me answer.