New International Version
Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
King James Bible
Suffer me that I may speak; and after that I have spoken, mock on.
Darby Bible Translation
Suffer me and I will speak; and after I have spoken, mock on!
World English Bible
Allow me, and I also will speak; After I have spoken, mock on.
Young's Literal Translation
Bear with me, and I speak, And after my speaking -- ye may deride.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Let this be your consolations - ותהי זאת תנחומתיכם uthehi zoth tanchumotheychem may be translated, "And let this be your retractations." Let what I am about to say induce you to retract what you have said, and to recall your false judgments. נחם nacham signifies, not only to comfort, but to change one's mind, to repent; hence the Vulgate translates et agite paenitentiam, "and repent," which Coverdale follows in his version, and amende yourselves. Some suppose the verse to be understood ironically: I am now about to give you consolations for those you have given me. When I have done, then turn them into mockery if you please.
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It is mainly my business, today, to deal with those who may wickedly continue in sin because their judgment tarries. If the Lord does not in this world visit the ungodly with stripes, this is but the surer evidence that in the world to come there is a solemn retribution for the impenitent. If the affliction which is here accorded to men be not the punishment of sin, we turn to Scripture and discover what that punishment will be, and we are soon informed that it is something far heavier than any calamities …
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Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
"Listen carefully to my words; let this be the consolation you give me.
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