Job 30:9
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New International Version
"And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.

New Living Translation
"And now they mock me with vulgar songs! They taunt me!

English Standard Version
“And now I have become their song; I am a byword to them.

New American Standard Bible
"And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them.

King James Bible
And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now I am mocked by their songs; I have become an object of scorn to them.

International Standard Version
"Now, I've become the object of their mocking melodies; I'm nothing but a fool's proverb to them!

NET Bible
"And now I have become their taunt song; I have become a byword among them.

New Heart English Bible
"Now I have become their song. Yes, I am a byword to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"And now they make fun of me with songs. I have become a joke to them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now I am become their song, Yea, I am a byword unto them.

New American Standard 1977
“And now I have become their taunt,
            I have even become a byword to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And now I am their song, and I am their byword.

King James 2000 Bible
And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

American King James Version
And now am I their song, yes, I am their byword.

American Standard Version
And now I am become their song, Yea, I am a byword unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now I am turned into their song, and am become their byword.

Darby Bible Translation
And now I am their song, yea, I am their byword.

English Revised Version
And now I am become their song, yea, I am a byword unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
And now I am their song, yes, I am their by-word.

World English Bible
"Now I have become their song. Yes, I am a byword to them.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, their song I have been, And I am to them for a byword.
Study Bible
Job's Honor Turned into Contempt
8"Fools, even those without a name, They were scourged from the land. 9"And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them. 10"They abhor me and stand aloof from me, And they do not refrain from spitting at my face.…
Cross References
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 30:8
"Fools, even those without a name, They were scourged from the land.

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

Psalm 69:12
Those who sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the song of the drunkards.

Lamentations 3:14
I have become a laughingstock to all my people, Their mocking song all the day.

Lamentations 3:46
All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.

Lamentations 3:63
Look on their sitting and their rising; I am their mocking song.
Treasury of Scripture

And now am I their song, yes, I am their byword.

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Job 17:6 He has made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

Psalm 35:15,16 But in my adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: …

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

Psalm 69:12 They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Lamentations 3:14,63 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day…

(9) And now am I their song.--See the references in the margin, which show that it is quite appropriate to give to the complaints of Job a Messianic interpretation.

Verse 9. - And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword (see above, Job 17:6; and comp. Psalm 69:12). And now am I their song,.... The subject of their song, of whom they sung ballads about the streets, in public places, and at their festivals and merriments, as Christ the antitype of Job was the song of the drunkard, Psalm 69:12; see Lamentations 3:14; or the meaning may be, they rejoiced in his afflictions and calamities, and made themselves merry with them, which was cruel and inhuman, as David's enemies did in his, and those abject, mean, base people, like those that derided Job: and so the Edomites rejoiced over the children of Judah, in the day of their destruction, and as the inhabitants of Popish countries will rejoice over the witnesses when slain, and make merry, Psalm 35:15;

yea, I am their byword: all their talk was about him continually, and at every turn would use his name proverbially for an hypocrite, or a wicked man; and thus Christ, of whom Job was a type, became a proverb in the mouth of the Jews, Psalm 69:11; and as the Jews themselves now are with others, Jeremiah 24:9. 9. (Job 17:6). Strikingly similar to the derision Jesus Christ underwent (La 3:14; Ps 69:12). Here Job returns to the sentiment in Job 30:1. It is to such I am become a song of "derision."30:1-14 Job contrasts his present condition with his former honour and authority. What little cause have men to be ambitious or proud of that which may be so easily lost, and what little confidence is to be put in it! We should not be cast down if we are despised, reviled, and hated by wicked men. We should look to Jesus, who endured the contradiction of sinners.
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