Job 17:6
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New International Version
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.

New Living Translation
"God has made a mockery of me among the people; they spit in my face.

English Standard Version
“He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.

New American Standard Bible
"But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.

King James Bible
He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has made me an object of scorn to the people; I have become a man people spit at.

International Standard Version
"He has made me a byword among people; I'm being spit on in the face.

NET Bible
He has made me a byword to people, I am the one in whose face they spit.

New Heart English Bible
"But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Now he has made me a laughingstock for many people. Now they spit in my face.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath made me also a byword of the people; And I am become one in whose face they spit.

New American Standard 1977
“But He has made me a byword of the people,
            And I am one at whom men spit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He has made me a byword of the peoples; and before them I have been as a tambourine.

King James 2000 Bible
He has made me also a byword of the people; and I was as one before whom men spit.

American King James Version
He has made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

American Standard Version
But he hath made me a byword of the people; And they spit in my face.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath made me as it were a byword of the people, and I am an example before them.

Darby Bible Translation
And he hath made me a proverb of the peoples; and I am become one to be spit on in the face.

English Revised Version
He hath made me also a byword of the people; and I am become an open abhorring.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath made me also a by-word of the people; and in former time I was as a tabret.

World English Bible
"But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

Young's Literal Translation
And he set me up for a proverb of the peoples, And a wonder before them I am.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
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.
Study Bible
Job Appeals from Men to God
5"He who informs against friends for a share of the spoil, The eyes of his children also will languish. 6"But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit. 7"My eye has also grown dim because of grief, And all my members are as a shadow.…
Cross References
Numbers 12:14
But the LORD said to Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterward she may be received again."

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 17:2
"Surely mockers are with me, And my eye gazes on their provocation.

Job 30:9
"And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them.

Job 30:10
"They abhor me and stand aloof from me, And they do not refrain from spitting at my face.

Psalm 44:14
You make us a byword among the nations, A laughingstock among the peoples.

Psalm 69:11
When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.
Treasury of Scripture

He has made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

a by-word

Job 30:9 And now am I their song, yes, I am their byword.

1 Kings 9:7 Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; …

Psalm 44:14 You make us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

aforetime. or, before them. as a tabret

Genesis 31:27 Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and did not …

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

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