New International Version
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.
King James Bible
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
He hath made me also a by-word - My afflictions and calamities have become a subject of general conversation, so that my poverty and affliction are proverbial. As poor as Job, As afflicted as Job, are proverbs that have even reached our times and are still in use.
Aforetime I was as a tabret - This is not the translation of the Hebrew ותפת לפנים אהיה vethopheth lephanim eheyeh. Instead of לפנים lephanim, I would read לפניהם liphneghem, and then the clause might be translated thus: I shall be as a furnace, or consuming fire (Topheth) before them. They shall have little reason to mock when they see the end of the Lord's dealings with me; my example will be a consuming fire to them, and my false friends will be confounded. Coverdale translates thus: He hath made me as it were a byworde of the comon people. I am his gestinge stocke amonge them.
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aforetime. or, before them. as a tabret
Library9Th 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 …
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Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
The LORD replied to Moses, "If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back."
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
"And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.
They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face.
You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us.
when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me.
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