New American Standard Bible
Be gracious to us, O LORD, be gracious to us, For we are greatly filled with contempt.
King James Bible
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
Darby Bible Translation
Be gracious unto us, O Jehovah, be gracious unto us; for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
World English Bible
Have mercy on us, Yahweh, have mercy on us, for we have endured much contempt.
Young's Literal Translation
Favour us, O Jehovah, favour us, For greatly have we been filled with contempt,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us - The language of earnest pleading, repeating with emphasis the object of the prayer. The supplicants are represented as standing and urging this petition, feeling that help could come only from God; looking only to him; and watching his countenance, as servants do their master's.
For we are exceedingly filled - The Hebrew word used here means to be saturated; to have the appetite fully satisfied - as applied to one who is hungry or thirsty. Then it comes to mean to be entirely full, and the idea here is, that as much contempt had been thrown upon them as could be; they could experience no more.
With contempt - Contempt has been shown us in every possible way. We are thoroughly despised.
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.
For the choir director; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.
Take away reproach and contempt from me, For I observe Your testimonies.
'Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel and say to the mountains and to the hills, to the ravines and to the valleys, "Thus says the Lord GOD, 'Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and in My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.'
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