Nehemiah 4:4
Good News Translation
I prayed, "Hear how they make fun of us, O God! Let their ridicule fall on their own heads. Let them be robbed of everything they have, and let them be taken as prisoners to a foreign land.

Contemporary English Version
But I prayed, "Our God, these people hate us and have wished horrible things for us. Please answer our prayers and make their insults fall on them! Let them be the ones to be dragged away as prisoners of war.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear thou our God, for we are despised: turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them to be despised in a land of captivity.

New American Bible
Hear, our God, how we were mocked! Turn back their reproach upon their own heads and deliver them up as plunder in a land of captivity!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Hear thou our God, for we are despised: turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them to be despised in a land of captivity.

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Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt. . . .

despised.

1 Samuel 17:26 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying: What shall be given to the man that shall kill this Philistine, and shall take away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?

Psalm 79:12 And render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom: the reproach wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.

Proverbs 3:34 The wise shall possess glory: the promotion of fools is disgrace.

Hosea 12:14 Ephraim hath provoked me to wrath with his bitterness, and his blood shall come upon him, and his Lord will render his reproach unto him.

Context
The Work is Ridiculed
3Tobias also the Ammonite who was by him said: Let them build: if a fox go up, he will leap over their stone wall. 4Hear thou our God, for we are despised: turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them to be despised in a land of captivity.5Cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thy face, because they have mocked thy builders.…
Cross References
Nehemiah 5:9
And I said to them: The thing you do is not good: why walk you not in the fear of our God, that we be not exposed to the reproaches of the Gentiles our enemies?

Psalm 79:12
And render to our neighbours sevenfold in their bosom: the reproach wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.

Psalm 123:3
Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt.

Psalm 123:4
For our soul is greatly filled: we are a reproach to the rich, and contempt to the proud.

Lamentations 1:22
Thau. Let all their evil be present before thee: and make vintage of them, as thou hast made vintage of me for all my iniquities: for my sighs are many, and my heart is sorrowful.

Additional Translations
Hear us, O God, for we are despised. Turn their scorn back upon their own heads, and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity.Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach on their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach upon their own head, and give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity;

Hear, O our God, for we have become a scorn; and return thou their reproach upon their head, and make them a scorn in a land of captivity,

Hear, our God, for we are despised, and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in a land of captivity!

Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn back their reproach upon their own head, and give them up to spoiling in a land of captivity:

Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

"Hear, our God; for we are despised; and turn back their reproach on their own head, give them up for a spoil in a land of captivity;

Hear, O our God, for we have been despised; and turn back their reproach on their own head, and give them for a spoil in a land of captivity;
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