Psalm 69:12
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New International Version
Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards.

New Living Translation
I am the favorite topic of town gossip, and all the drunks sing about me.

English Standard Version
I am the talk of those who sit in the gate, and the drunkards make songs about me.

New American Standard Bible
Those who sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the song of the drunkards.

King James Bible
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who sit at the city gate talk about me, and drunkards make up songs about me.

International Standard Version
The prominent people mock me, composing drinking songs.

NET Bible
Those who sit at the city gate gossip about me; drunkards mock me in their songs.

New Heart English Bible
Those who sit in the gate talk about me. I am the song of the drunkards.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who sit in the gate have schemed against me, and those who drink liquor have plotted against me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who sit at the gate gossip about me, and drunkards make up songs about me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They that sit in the gate talk of me; And I am the song of the drunkards.

New American Standard 1977
Those who sit in the gate talk about me,
            And I am the song of the drunkards.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They that sat in the gate spoke against me, and I was the song of the drunkards.

King James 2000 Bible
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

American King James Version
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

American Standard Version
They that sit in the gate talk of me; And I am the song of the drunkards.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that sat in the gate spoke against me: and they that drank wine made me their song.

Darby Bible Translation
They that sit in the gate talk of me, and [I am] the song of the drunkards.

English Revised Version
They that sit in the gate talk of me; and I am the song of the drunkards.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.

World English Bible
Those who sit in the gate talk about me. I am the song of the drunkards.

Young's Literal Translation
Those sitting at the gate meditate concerning me, And those drinking strong drink, Play on instruments.
Study Bible
I Endure Scorn for Your Sake
11When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them. 12Those who sit in the gate talk about me, And I am the song of the drunkards. 13But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth.…
Cross References
Genesis 19:1
Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.

Ruth 4:1
Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, "Turn aside, friend, sit down here." And he turned aside and sat down.

Job 30:9
"And now I have become their taunt, I have even become a byword to them.
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Deuteronomy 16:18 Judges and officers shall you make you in all your gates, which the …

Matthew 27:12,13,20,41,42,62,63 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing…

Luke 23:2 And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting …

Acts 4:26,27 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together …

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

Job 30:8,9 They were children of fools, yes, children of base men: they were …

Mark 15:17-19 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, …

drunkards [heb.] drinkers of strong drink

Daniel 5:2-4,23 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine…

(12) In the gate . . .--The place of public resort where justice was administered. (See Psalm 9:14 Note.)

And I was the song.--Literally, and songs of those drinking strong drink, but we must supply the pronoun.

Verse 12. - They that sit in the gate speak against me; rather, talk about me (Revised Version) - make me their theme (Cheyne). The gates, where the chief business was done, were no doubt also places of gossip. And I was the song of the drunkards (comp. Job 30:9); literally, of the drinkers of strong drink. They that sit in the gate speak against me,.... The princes, magistrates, and judges, who sat in the gates of cities, heard and tried causes, and executed judgment there; the elders of the city; see Ruth 4:1; the civil rulers among the Jews are meant; and also their ecclesiastical ones, the Scribes and Pharisees that sat in Moses's seat; though some think men of lower characters are designed, idle persons that saunter about, and sit in gateways, and corners of streets, and in marketplaces; spending their time, like the Athenians, in hearing and telling of news, and prating about this and the other person, and their affairs; but the former sense seems best, since these are rather intended in the next clause: now such men of rank and figure spoke against Christ; against his person as the Son of God, against his office as the Messiah, against his doctrines and ordinances, and against his people and followers: or they spake together "of him" (z); they confabulated and consulted together how to seize him, and take away his life, as the chief priests and elders frequently did; and when they had taken him they gave their voice against him, and unanimously condemned him, when they sat in judgment upon him;

and I was the song of the drunkards; or "of them that drink strong drink" (a); be it made of what it will; that is, to excess: these, while they played on their instruments of music, as the word (b) here used signifies, sung songs, and Christ was the subject of them; as Job complains was his case, Job 30:8; very probably the common people that were employed in taking of Jesus might have plenty of liquor given them by the priests and elders, to encourage them; and this being a festival time too, might come at it more easily than usual, and drink more freely; and this might be the case of the Roman soldiers, when they made Christ the subject of their mirth and diversion in Pilate's hall.

(z) "de me", Tigurine version, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Gejerus, Michaelis. (a) "sechar", Montanus; siceram, Tigurine version, Cocceius; "potum inebriantem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Michaelis. (b) "cantiones ad instrumenta musica", Vatablus; "pulsationes", Gejerus. 12. sit in the gate—public place (Pr 31:31).69:1-12 We should frequently consider the person of the Sufferer here spoken of, and ask why, as well as what he suffered, that, meditating thereon, we may be more humbled for sin, and more convinced of our danger, so that we may feel more gratitude and love, constraining us to live to His glory who died for our salvation. Hence we learn, when in affliction, to commit the keeping of our souls to God, that we may not be soured with discontent, or sink into despair. David was hated wrongfully, but the words far more fully apply to Christ. In a world where unrighteousness reigns so much, we must not wonder if we meet with those that are our enemies wrongfully. Let us take care that we never do wrong; then if we receive wrong, we may the better bear it. By the satisfaction Christ made to God for our sin by his blood, he restored that which he took not away, he paid our debt, suffered for our offences. Even when we can plead Not guilty, as to men's unjust accusations, yet before God we must acknowledge ourselves to deserve all that is brought upon us. All our sins take rise from our foolishness. They are all done in God's sight. David complains of the unkindness of friends and relations. This was fulfilled in Christ, whose brethren did not believe on him, and who was forsaken by his disciples. Christ made satisfaction for us, not only by putting off the honours due to God, but by submitting to the greatest dishonours that could be done to any man. We need not be discouraged if our zeal for the truths, precepts, and worship of God, should provoke some, and cause others to mock our godly sorrow and deadness to the world.
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