New American Standard Bible
You make us a byword among the nations, A laughingstock among the peoples.
King James Bible
Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou makest us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
World English Bible
You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou makest us a simile among nations, A shaking of the head among peoples.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou makest us a byword among heathen - The word rendered "by-word" - משׁל mâshâl - means properly a similitude or parable; then, a sententious saying, and apophthegm; then, a proverb; then, a song or verse, particularly a satirical song, or a song of derision. The idea here is, that they were made a proverb, or were referred to as a striking instance of the divine abandonment, or as something marked to which the nations might and did refer as an example of calamity, judgment, misfortune, failure; a warning to all. See Deuteronomy 28:37.
A shaking of the head among the people - An occasion for the shaking of the head, in derision and scorn. Compare the notes at Psalm 22:7.
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Now, my dear friends, this morning I intend to recall to your minds some of the wondrous things which God has done in the olden time. My aim and object will be to excite your minds to seek after the like; that looking back upon what God has done, you may be induced to look forward with the eye of expectation, hoping that he will again stretch forth his potent hand and his holy arm, and repeat those mighty acts he performed in ancient days. First, I shall speak of the marvellous stories which our …
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1 Kings 9:7
then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them, and the house which I have consecrated for My name, I will cast out of My sight. So Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
2 Kings 19:21
"This is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: 'She has despised you and mocked you, The virgin daughter of Zion; She has shaken her head behind you, The daughter of Jerusalem!
"But He has made me a byword of the people, And I am one at whom men spit.
So they will make him stumble; Their own tongue is against them; All who see them will shake the head.
When I made sackcloth my clothing, I became a byword to them.
I also have become a reproach to them; When they see me, they wag their head.
I will make them a terror and an evil for all the kingdoms of the earth, as a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse in all places where I will scatter them.
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