Job 17:6
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King James Version
He hath made me also a byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

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.

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.

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King James Translators' Notes

aforetime: or, before them

Geneva Study Bible

He hath made me also a {g} byword of the people; and aforetime I was as a tabret.

(g) God has made all the world speak of me, because of my afflictions.Job 17:6 Parallel Commentaries

Library
Whether Christ Went Down into the Hell of the Lost?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ went down into the hell of the lost, because it is said by the mouth of Divine Wisdom (Ecclus. 24:45): "I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth." But the hell of the lost is computed among the lower parts of the earth according to Ps. 62:10: "They shall go into the lower parts of the earth." Therefore Christ who is the Wisdom of God, went down even into the hell of the lost. Objection 2: Further, Peter says (Acts 2:24) that "God hath raised up Christ,
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
O eternal God and heavenly Father, if I were not taught and assured by the promises of thy gospel, and the examples of Peter, Mary Magdalene, the publican, the prodigal child, and many other penitent sinners, that thou art so full of compassion, and so ready to forgive the greatest sinners, who are heaviest laden with sin, at what time soever they return unto thee with penitent hearts, lamenting their sins, and imploring thy grace, I should despair for mine own sins, and be utterly discouraged from
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Job
The book of Job is one of the great masterpieces of the world's literature, if not indeed the greatest. The author was a man of superb literary genius, and of rich, daring, and original mind. The problem with which he deals is one of inexhaustible interest, and his treatment of it is everywhere characterized by a psychological insight, an intellectual courage, and a fertility and brilliance of resource which are nothing less than astonishing. Opinion has been divided as to how the book should be
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Numbers 12:14
And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.

Job 12:4
I am as one mocked of his neighbour, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

Job 17:2
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

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

Job 30:10
They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.

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

Psalm 69:11
I made sackcloth also my garment; and I became a proverb to them.

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