|New International Version (© 2011)|
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.
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:
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;
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;
Nehemiah 4:4 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Turn their reproach upon their own head - A prayer of this kind, understood literally, is not lawful for any Christian. Jesus, our great master, has said, "Love your enemies; do good to them that hate you; and pray for them that despitefully use you." Such sayings as the above are excusable in the mouth of a Jew, under severe irritation. See the next verse, Nehemiah 4:5 (note).
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Psalm 79:12 And render to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, with which they have reproached you, O Lord.
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 his blood on him, and his reproach shall his LORD return to him.
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Nehemiah 5:9 So I continued, "What you are doing is not right. Shouldn't you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies?
Psalm 79:12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.
Psalm 123:3 Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt.
Psalm 123:4 We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.
Lamentations 1:22 "Let all their wickedness come before you; deal with them as you have dealt with me because of all my sins. My groans are many and my heart is faint."