Nehemiah 4:4
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New International Version
Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity.

New Living Translation
Then I prayed, "Hear us, our God, for we are being mocked. May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land!

English Standard Version
Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives.

New American Standard Bible
Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.

King James Bible
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.

International Standard Version
"Listen, our God, because we are being mocked. Let their insults fall back on them, and let them be dragged away as captives into exile.

NET Bible
Hear, O our God, for we are despised! Return their reproach on their own head! Reduce them to plunder in a land of exile!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[Nehemiah prayed,] "Our God, hear us. We are despised. Turn their insults back on them, and let them be robbed in the land where they are prisoners.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear, O our God; for we are despised; and turn back their reproach upon their own head, and give them up to spoiling in a land of captivity;

New American Standard 1977
Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear, O our God; for we are despised; and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of their captivity.

King James 2000 Bible
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a spoil in a land of captivity:

American King James Version
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach on their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

American Standard Version
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach upon their own head, and give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear thou our God, for we are despised: turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them to be despised in a land of captivity.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear, our God, for we are despised, and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in a land of captivity!

English Revised Version
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach upon their own head, and give them up to spoiling in a land of captivity:

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

World English Bible
"Hear, our God; for we are despised; and turn back their reproach on their own head, give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity;

Young's Literal Translation
Hear, O our God, for we have been despised; and turn back their reproach on their own head, and give them for a spoil in a land of captivity;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
4:1-6 Many a good work has been looked upon with contempt by proud and haughty scorners. Those who disagree in almost every thing, will unite in persecution. Nehemiah did not answer these fools according to their folly, but looked up to God by prayer. God's people have often been a despised people, but he hears all the slights that are put upon them, and it is their comfort that he does so. Nehemiah had reason to think that the hearts of those sinners were desperately hardened, else he would not have prayed that their sins might never be blotted out. Good work goes on well, when people have a mind to it. The reproaches of enemies should quicken us to our duty, not drive us from it.
Study Bible
The Work is Ridiculed
3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, "Even what they are building-- if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!" 4Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. 5Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 5:9
Again I said, "The thing which you are doing is not good; should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?

Psalm 79:12
And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom The reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.

Psalm 123:3
Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt.

Psalm 123:4
Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud.

Lamentations 1:22
"Let all their wickedness come before You; And deal with them as You have dealt with me For all my transgressions; For my groans are many and my heart is faint."
Treasury of Scripture

Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach on their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

Hear

Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us: for we are exceedingly …

despised. Heb. despite. turn

1 Samuel 17:26 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall …

Psalm 79:12 And render to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, …

Proverbs 3:34 Surely he scorns the scorners: but he gives grace to the lowly.

Hosea 12:14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly: therefore shall he leave …

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