Job 17:2
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New International Version
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.

King James Bible
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?

Darby Bible Translation
Are there not mockers around me? and doth [not] mine eye abide in their provocation?

World English Bible
Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.

Young's Literal Translation
If not -- mockeries are with me. And in their provocations mine eye lodgeth.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Are there not mockers with me? - This has been variously translated. The Vulgate: "I have not sinned, and yet my eye dwells upon afflictions." Septuagint: "I conjure you, laboring under afflictions, what evil have I done? Yet strangers have robbed me of my substance." Mr. Good: "But are not revilers before me? Alas, mine eye penetrateth their rebukes." Calmet thinks the Hebrew might be translated thus: "If I have not been united in friendship with the wicked, why are my eyes in bitterness?" Coverdale translates both verses thus: My breth fayleth, my dayes are shortened, I am harde at deathes dore. I have disceaved no man, yet must myne eye continue in hevynesse. Mr. Heath "Were it not so, I have sarcasms enow in store; and I could spend the whole night unmoved at their aggravations." The general meaning is sufficiently plain, and the reader has got translations enough.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Job 12:4 I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.

Job 13:9 Is it good that he should search you out? or as one man mocks another, do you so mock him?

Job 16:20 My friends scorn me: but my eye pours out tears to God.

Job 21:3 Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.

Psalm 35:14-16 I behaved myself as though he had been my friend or brother: I bowed down heavily, as one that mourns for his mother...

Matthew 27:39-44 And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads...

continue. Heb. lodge

Psalm 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.

Psalm 91:1 He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.



1 Samuel 1:6,7 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb...

9Th Day. Persevering Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser

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

Cross References
Job 11:3
Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?

Job 12:4
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!

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

Job 21:3
Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.

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