Job 17:2
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New International Version
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

New Living Translation
I am surrounded by mockers. I watch how bitterly they taunt me.

English Standard Version
Surely there are mockers about me, and my eye dwells on their provocation.

New American Standard Bible
"Surely mockers are with me, And my eye gazes on their provocation.

King James Bible
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Surely mockers surround me and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.

International Standard Version
Mockers surround me; I cannot stop staring at their hostility all through the night.

NET Bible
Surely mockery is with me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

New Heart English Bible
Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Certainly, mockers are around me. My eyes are focused on their opposition.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye abideth in their provocation.

New American Standard 1977
“Surely mockers are with me,
            And my eye gazes on their provocation.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now there are only mockers with me, upon whose bitterness my eye continues to gaze.

King James 2000 Bible
Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation?

American King James Version
Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation?

American Standard Version
Surely there are mockers with me, And mine eye dwelleth upon their provocation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have not sinned, and my eye abideth in bitterness.

Darby Bible Translation
Are there not mockers around me? and doth [not] mine eye abide in their provocation?

English Revised Version
Surely there are mockers with me, and mine eye abideth in their provocation.

Webster's Bible Translation
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not my eye continue in their provocation?

World English Bible
Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.

Young's Literal Translation
If not -- mockeries are with me. And in their provocations mine eye lodgeth.
Study Bible
Job Appeals from Men to God
1"My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me. 2"Surely mockers are with me, And my eye gazes on their provocation. 3"Lay down, now, a pledge for me with Yourself; Who is there that will be my guarantor?…
Cross References
Job 11:3
"Shall your boasts silence men? And shall you scoff and none rebuke?

Job 12:4
"I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.

Job 17:6
"But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.

Job 21:3
"Bear with me that I may speak; Then after I have spoken, you may mock.
Treasury of Scripture

Are there not mockers with me? and does not my eye continue in their provocation?

mockers

Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers …

Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocks another, …

Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to God.

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Psalm 35:14-16 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed …

Matthew 27:39-44 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads…

continue. Heb. lodge

Psalm 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under …

provocation

1 Samuel 1:6,7 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because …

(2) Mine eye continue in their provocation?--"It sees, and can see nothing else; has nothing else to look upon ": a bitter reproach against his friends.

Verse 2. - Are there not mockers with me? literally, mockeries - the abstract for the concrete. (For the sentiment, comp. Job 16:20 and Job 30:1-14.) And doth not mine eye continue in their provocation? i.e. "Have I anything else to look upon? Are not the mockers always about me, always provoking me?" Are there not mockers with me?.... Meaning not irreligious persons, such as make a mock at sin, a jest of religion, a laugh at good men, sneer at the doctrines and ordinances of God, and scoff at things future, as the coming of Christ, the resurrection of the dead, and a future judgment; with whom it is very uncomfortable to be, as well as with any sort of profane men, and such there were no doubt in Job's time; but he seems to design his friends, by whom be thought himself mocked, and who were, as he imagined, scorners of him, Job 12:4; and therefore for this reason entreats his case might be heard, and his cause pleaded:

and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation? or "lodge all night" (q); his sense is, that they were continually provoking him with their words, their scoffs and jeers, their censures and calumnies, and the weak reasons and arguments they made use of to support their charges and suspicions; these dwelt upon his mind not only in the daytime but in the night, so that he could not get a wink of sleep for them; their words were so teasing and distressing, and they acted such a cruel part to him, and stuck so close to him, and hung upon his thoughts, that he could not get clear of them in the night season; but his mind ran upon them, which kept him waking, that he could not close his eyelids for thinking of them.

(q) "pernoctat", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Drusius, Schmidt, Michaelis, Schultens. 2. Umbreit, more emphatically, "had I only not to endure mockery, in the midst of their contentions I (mine eye) would remain quiet."

eye continue—Hebrew, "tarry all night"; a figure taken from sleep at night, to express undisturbed rest; opposed to (Job 16:20), when the eye of Job is represented as pouring out tears to God without rest.17:1-9 Job reflects upon the harsh censures his friends had passed upon him, and, looking on himself as a dying man, he appeals to God. Our time is ending. It concerns us carefully to redeem the days of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity. We see the good use the righteous should make of Job's afflictions from God, from enemies, and from friends. Instead of being discouraged in the service of God, by the hard usage this faithful servant of God met with, they should be made bold to proceed and persevere therein. Those who keep their eye upon heaven as their end, will keep their feet in the paths of religion as their way, whatever difficulties and discouragements they may meet with.
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