Psalm 123:4
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New International Version
We have endured no end of ridicule from the arrogant, of contempt from the proud.

New Living Translation
We have had more than our fill of the scoffing of the proud and the contempt of the arrogant.

English Standard Version
Our soul has had more than enough of the scorn of those who are at ease, of the contempt of the proud.

New American Standard Bible
Our soul is greatly filled With the scoffing of those who are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud.

King James Bible
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We've had more than enough scorn from the arrogant and contempt from the proud.

International Standard Version
Our lives overflow with scorn from those who live at ease, with contempt from those who are proud.

NET Bible
We have had our fill of the taunts of the self-assured, of the contempt of the proud.

New Heart English Bible
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the multitude has filled our soul with the mockery of mockers and the contempt of the proud.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We have suffered more than our share of ridicule from those who are carefree. We have suffered more than our share of contempt from those who are arrogant.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Our soul is full sated With the scorning of those that are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud oppressors.

New American Standard 1977
Our soul is greatly filled
            With the scoffing of those who are at ease,
            And with the contempt of the proud.



Jubilee Bible 2000
Our soul is exceedingly weary of the scorning of those that are at ease and of the contempt of the proud.

King James 2000 Bible
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorn of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

American King James Version
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

American Standard Version
Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scoffing of those that are at ease, And with the contempt of the proud.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For our soul is greatly filled: we are a reproach to the rich, and contempt to the proud.

Darby Bible Translation
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, with the contempt of the proud.

English Revised Version
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

Webster's Bible Translation
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

World English Bible
Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scoffing of those who are at ease, with the contempt of the proud. A Song of Ascents. By David.

Young's Literal Translation
Greatly hath our soul been filled With the scorning of the easy ones, With the contempt of the arrogant!

Study Bible
To You I Do Lift Up My Eyes
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
1 Samuel 17:42
When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance.

Nehemiah 2:19
But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard it, they mocked us and despised us and said, "What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?"

Nehemiah 4:4
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.

Job 12:5
"He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.

Psalm 79:4
We have become a reproach to our neighbors, A scoffing and derision to those around us.

Psalm 119:22
Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies.

Isaiah 32:9
Rise up, you women who are at ease, And hear my voice; Give ear to my word, You complacent daughters.

Isaiah 32:11
Tremble, you women who are at ease; Be troubled, you complacent daughters; Strip, undress and put sackcloth on your waist,

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

Ezekiel 36:6
'Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.'
Treasury of Scripture

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

with the scorning

Psalm 73:5-9 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men…

Psalm 119:51 The proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined …

Job 12:5 He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the …

Job 16:4 I also could speak as you do: if your soul were in my soul's stead, …

Jeremiah 48:11,27,29 Moab has been at ease from his youth, and he has settled on his lees, …

Acts 17:21,32 (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their …

Acts 26:24 And as he thus spoke for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, …

1 Corinthians 4:13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, …

(4) The scorning.--The Hebrew offers a rare use of the article--probably it should be reproduced by our demonstrative, this scorning. The LXX., however, have, "The scorn for those at ease, and the contempt for the proud," which requires only the substitution of a letter, removes an anomaly in construction, and gives a better sense: "Let our desire be satisfied to the full with the scorn for those at ease, and the same contempt for the proud." Notice how the figure is retained. The oppressors are the masters and mistresses, living in luxury, while the slaves wait. Gesenius quotes Sallust (secundis rebus ferox) in illustration of the wantonness of secure and luxurious power. As we read the verse, we seem to feel

"The whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely."

Verse 4. - Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease; i.e. the careless and irreligious (camp. Isaiah 32:9, 11; Amos 6:1. And with the contempt of the proud. This clause is exegetical of the last, not additional. Translate, the seining of those that are at ease - the contempt of the proud.



Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease,.... That are in easy and affluent circumstances; abound in the things of this world, and have more than heart can wish; have no outward trouble, as other men, or as the saints have; nor any uneasiness of mind, on account of sin and their eternal state: they have been at ease from their youth; Satan, that has the possession of them, keeps the goods in peace; and their consciences are seared as with a red hot iron, and they are past feeling; though they are far from having any true solid peace of mind: and such persons are generally scorners of the saints, and load them with their gibes and jeers in a most insolent manner; which makes it very irksome and grievous to bear;

and with the contempt of the proud: who are proud of their natural abilities; of their wealth and riches, and of their honours and high places: and such are generally scorners, and deal in proud wrath; and, through their pride, persecute the poor saints with their reproaches, and by other ways; see Proverbs 21:24. Some understand by these characters, "that are at ease", or "quiet" (f), and are "proud", or "excellent" (g), as the phrases may be rendered, such described by them as are the objects, and not the authors, of scorn and contempt; even the saints, who are the quiet in the land, and the excellent in the earth; those precious sons of Zion, who are disesteemed by the men of the world, Psalm 35:20.

(f) "pacatorum", Montanus; "tranquillorum", Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (g) "excellentium", Hammond; a rad. "eminuit", Gejerus; so an eminent Rabbi with the Jews is called "Gaon", as R. Saadiah Gaon, &c. 4. of those that are at ease—self-complacently, disregarding God's law, and despising His people. 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.
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