Job 17:6
New International Version
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.

New Living Translation
"God has made a mockery of me among the people; they spit in my face.

English Standard Version
“He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom men spit.

Berean Study Bible
He has made me a byword to the people; I am the one in whose face they spit.

New American Standard Bible
"But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.

King James Bible
He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

Christian Standard Bible
He has made me an object of scorn to the people; I have become a man people spit at.

Contemporary English Version
You, God, are the reason I am insulted and spit on.

Good News Translation
And now people use this proverb against me; they come and spit in my face.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He has made me an object of scorn to the people; I have become a man people spit at.

International Standard Version
"He has made me a byword among people; I'm being spit on in the face.

NET Bible
He has made me a byword to people, I am the one in whose face they spit.

New Heart English Bible
"But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Now he has made me a laughingstock for many people. Now they spit in my face.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He hath made me also a byword of the people; And I am become one in whose face they spit.

New American Standard 1977
“But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He has made me a byword of the peoples; and before them I have been as a tambourine.

King James 2000 Bible
He has made me also a byword of the people; and I was as one before whom men spit.

American King James Version
He has made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

American Standard Version
But he hath made me a byword of the people; And they spit in my face.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But thou has made me a byword amount the nations, and I am become a scorn to them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He hath made me as it were a byword of the people, and I am an example before them.

Darby Bible Translation
And he hath made me a proverb of the peoples; and I am become one to be spit on in the face.

English Revised Version
He hath made me also a byword of the people; and I am become an open abhorring.

Webster's Bible Translation
He hath made me also a by-word of the people; and in former time I was as a tabret.

World English Bible
"But he has made me a byword of the people. They spit in my face.

Young's Literal Translation
And he set me up for a proverb of the peoples, And a wonder before them I am.
Study Bible
Job Prepares for Death
5If a man denounces his friends for a price, the eyes of his children will fail. 6He has made me a byword to the people; I am the one in whose face they spit. 7My eyes have grown dim with grief, and my whole body is but a shadow.…
Cross References
Numbers 12:14
But the LORD answered Moses, "If her father had but spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Let her be confined outside the camp for seven days; after that she may be brought back in."

Job 12:4
I am a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God, and He answered. The righteous and upright man is a laughingstock.

Job 17:2
Surely mockers surround me and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.

Job 30:9
And now they mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.

Job 30:10
They abhor me and keep far from me; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.

Psalm 44:14
You have made us a byword among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.

Psalm 69:11
I made sackcloth my clothing, and I was sport to them.

Treasury of Scripture

He has made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

a by-word

Job 30:9
And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

1 Kings 9:7
Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:

Psalm 44:14
Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.

aforetime.

Genesis 31:27
Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?

Isaiah 5:12
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the LORD, neither consider the operation of his hands.







Lexicon
He has made me
וְֽ֭הִצִּגַנִי (wə·hiṣ·ṣi·ḡa·nî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3322: To place permanently

a byword
לִמְשֹׁ֣ל (lim·šōl)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 4914: A satire

to the people;
עַמִּ֑ים (‘am·mîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

I am the one
אֶֽהְיֶֽה׃ (’eh·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

in whose face
לְפָנִ֣ים (lə·p̄ā·nîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

they spit.
וְתֹ֖פֶת (wə·ṯō·p̄eṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8611: A smiting, contempt
(6) He (i.e., God) hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.--Or, I am become as a tabret, or drum openly, i.e., a signal of warning. "My case will be fraught with warning for others." But some render it, "I am become an open abhorrence, or one in whose face they spit." The general meaning is perfectly clear, though the way it may be expressed varies.

Verse 6. - He hath made me also a byword of the people. God, by the unprecedented character of his afflictions, has made Job a byword among the surrounding nations - a byword, that is, for an afflicted person. Job, by the manner in which he bore his afflictions, made himself a byword for patience and endurance among God's people throughout all ages (see James 5:11). And aforetime I was as a tabret; rather, I am become an abomination before them; or, as our Revisers translate, 1 am become an open abhorring (comp. Job 30:10). 17:1-9 Job reflects upon the harsh censures his friends had passed upon him, and, looking on himself as a dying man, he appeals to God. Our time is ending. It concerns us carefully to redeem the days of time, and to spend them in getting ready for eternity. We see the good use the righteous should make of Job's afflictions from God, from enemies, and from friends. Instead of being discouraged in the service of God, by the hard usage this faithful servant of God met with, they should be made bold to proceed and persevere therein. Those who keep their eye upon heaven as their end, will keep their feet in the paths of religion as their way, whatever difficulties and discouragements they may meet with.
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