Psalm 123:3
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New International Version
Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy on us, for we have endured no end of contempt.

New Living Translation
Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy, for we have had our fill of contempt.

English Standard Version
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we have had more than enough of contempt.

New American Standard Bible
Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt.

King James Bible
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Show us favor, LORD, show us favor, for we've had more than enough contempt.

International Standard Version
Have mercy on us, LORD, have mercy, for we have had more than enough of contempt.

NET Bible
Show us favor, O LORD, show us favor! For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Show mercy upon us, Lord Jehovah, show mercy upon us, because of the multitude of the contempt which we have heard!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Have pity on us, O LORD. Have pity on us because we have suffered more than our share of contempt.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us, for we are exceedingly weary of being held in contempt.

King James 2000 Bible
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

American King James Version
Have mercy on us, O LORD, have mercy on us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

American Standard Version
Have mercy upon us, O Jehovah, have mercy upon us; For we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt.

Darby Bible Translation
Be gracious unto us, O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

English Revised Version
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Webster's Bible Translation
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us; for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

World English Bible
Have mercy on us, Yahweh, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt.

Young's Literal Translation
Favour us, O Jehovah, favour us, For greatly have we been filled with contempt,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

123:1-4 Confidence in God under contempt. - Our Lord Jesus has taught us to look unto God in prayer as our Father in heaven. In every prayer a good man lifts up his soul to God; especially when in trouble. We desire mercy from him; we hope he will show us mercy, and we will continue waiting on him till it come. The eyes of a servant are to his master's directing hand, expecting that he will appoint him his work. And also to his supplying hand. Servants look to their master or their mistress for their portion of meat in due season. And to God we must look for daily bread, for grace sufficient; from him we must receive it thankfully. Where can we look for help but to our Master? And, further, to his protecting hand. If the servant is wronged and injured in his work, who should right him, but his master? And to his correcting hand. Whither should sinners turn but to him that smote them? They humble themselves under God's mighty hand. And lastly, to his rewarding hand. Hypocrites look to the world's hand, thence they have their reward; but true Christians look to God as their Master and their Rewarder. God's people find little mercy with men; but this is their comfort, that with the Lord there is mercy. Scorning and contempt have been, are, and are likely to be, the lot of God's people in this world. It is hard to bear; but the servants of God should not complain if they are treated as his beloved Son was. Let us then, when ready to faint under trials, look unto Jesus, and by faith and prayer cast ourselves upon the mercy of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Have mercy upon us, O Lord; have mercy upon us. The cry is repeated for greater emphasis. For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. This expression can scarcely be said to fix the date of the psalm, since hatred and contempt were the usual feelings wherewith the Jews were regarded by their neighbors. But the time of Nehemiah would certainly be no unsuitable date (see Nehemiah 4:4).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,.... Merit is not pleaded; for, though servants, they knew they were unprofitable ones: but mercy is asked; whether by the awakened sinner, under first convictions, or by the backsliding professor, for forgiveness of sins, under a sense of them, or as under the correcting: and chastising hand of God for them: and which is repeated, to show the state of their case, which requires mercy, and in haste; and the eagerness of their spirit, and the earnestness of their suit, their prayer being the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man;

for we are exceedingly filled with contempt; by reason of meanness in outward circumstances, the common lot of God's people; and therefore are reckoned the faith of the world, and the offscouring of all things: and on account of their religion, which wicked men make a jest of; reckon an engine of state, to keep people in awe of the civil magistrate; or a piece of priestcraft, to serve the lucrative views of a set of men; or as mere cant and enthusiasm, and a gloomy melancholy business, which none but fools will give into; and particularly on account of peculiar doctrines embraced, which are branded as novel, irrational, and licentious; and ordinances, which entirely depend on the sovereign will of the institutor of them. For these things, and the like, contempt was plentifully poured upon them; they had enough of it, and too much, so much that they could not bear it; it was become intolerable and loathsome, and the more, as it had been a long time continued on them. So Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret the word, rendered "exceedingly", of a long time.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. contempt—was that of the heathen, and, perhaps, Samaritans (Ne 1:3; 2:19).

Psalm 123:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
To You I Do Lift Up My Eyes
2Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He is gracious to us. 3Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt. 4Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud.
Cross References
Nehemiah 4:4
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.

Psalm 4:1
For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David. Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 51:1
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Psalm 119:22
Remove from me their scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes.

Ezekiel 36:6
Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and hills, to the ravines and valleys: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I speak in my jealous wrath because you have suffered the scorn of the nations.
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