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Even my friends laugh at me now; they laugh, although I am righteous and blameless; but there was a time when God answered my prayers.
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He that is mocked by his friends as I, shall call upon God and he will hear him: for the simplicity of the just man is laughed to scorn.
Job 11:3 Shall men hold their peace to thee only? and when thou hast mocked others, shall no man confute thee?
Job 16:10 They have opened their mouths upon me, and reproaching me they have struck me on the cheek, they are filled with my pains.
Job 17:2,6 I have not sinned, and my eye abideth in bitterness. . . .
Job 21:3 Suffer me, and I will speak, and after, if you please, laugh at my words.
Job 30:1 But now the younger in time scorn me, whose fathers I would not have set with the dogs of my flock:
Psalm 22:7,8 All they that saw me have laughed me to scorn: they have spoken with the lips, and wagged the head. . . .
Psalm 35:16 They were separated, and repented not: they tempted me, they scoffed at me with scorn: they gnashed upon me with their teeth.
Matthew 27:29 And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, King of the Jews.
Hebrews 11:36 And others had trial of mockeries and stripes: moreover also of bands and prisons.
Job 16:20 My friends are full of words: my eye poureth out tears to God.
Psalm 91:15 He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.
Jeremiah 33:3 Cry to me and I will hear thee: and I will shew thee great things, and sure things which thou knowest not.
Micah 7:7 But I will look towards the Lord, I will wait for God, my saviour: my God will hear me.
Proverbs 14:2 He that walketh in the right way, and feareth God, is despised by him that goeth by an infamous way.
Mark 5:40 And they laughed him to scorn. But he having put them all out, taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying.
Luke 16:14 Now the Pharisees, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.
Acts 17:32 And when they had heard of the resurrection of the dead, some indeed mocked. But others said: We will hear thee again concerning this matter.
ContextJob Responds to Zophar
…3I also have a heart as well as you: for who is ignorant of these things, which you know? 4He that is mocked by his friends as I, shall call upon God and he will hear him: for the simplicity of the just man is laughed to scorn.5The lamp despised in the thoughts of the rich, is ready for the time appointed.…
He said: Give place, for the girl is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
Answer, I beseech you, without contention: and speaking that which is just, judge ye.
Although I should be simple, even this my soul shall be ignorant of, and I shall be weary of my life.
The lamp despised in the thoughts of the rich, is ready for the time appointed.
If I shall be judged, I know that I shall be found just.
I have not sinned, and my eye abideth in bitterness.
He hath made me as it were a byword of the people, and I am an example before them.
But now the younger in time scorn me, whose fathers I would not have set with the dogs of my flock:
Now I am turned into their song, and am become their byword.
What man is there like Job, who drinketh up scorning like water?
He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.
Thou hast deceived me, O Lord, and I am deceived: thou hast been stronger than I, and thou hast prevailed. I am become a laughingstock all the day, all scoff at me.
Additional TranslationsI am a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God, and He answered. The righteous and upright man is a laughingstock.I am as one mocked of his neighbor, who calls on God, and he answers him: the just upright man is laughed to scorn.
I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbor, I who called upon God, and he answered: The just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.
For a righteous and blameless man has become a subject for mockery.
I am to be one that is a derision to his friend, I who call upon +God, and whom he will answer: a derision is the just upright [man].
I am as one that is a laughing-stock to his neighbour, a man that called upon God, and he answered him: the just, the perfect man is a laughing-stock.
I am as one mocked by his neighbor, who calleth upon God, and he answereth him: the just upright man is derided.
I am like one who is a joke to his neighbor, I, who called on God, and he answered. The just, the blameless man is a joke.
A laughter to his friend I am: 'He calleth to God, and He answereth him,' A laughter is the perfect righteous one.
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