New American Standard Bible
Fill their faces with dishonor, That they may seek Your name, O LORD.
King James Bible
Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
Darby Bible Translation
Fill their faces with shame, that they may seek thy name, O Jehovah.
World English Bible
Fill their faces with confusion, that they may seek your name, Yahweh.
Young's Literal Translation
Fill their faces with shame, And they seek Thy name, O Jehovah.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Fill their faces with shame - As those who are disappointed and foiled in their plans - such disappointment and confusion commonly manifesting itself in the face. The prayer here is, that their enemies might be so baffled in their designs - that they might be made so to feel how vain and hopeless were all their plans - that there might be such a manifest interposition of God in the case, as that they should be led to see that Yahweh reigned; that it was in vain to contend with him, and that his people were under his protection.
That they may seek thy name, O Lord - That they may be led to seek thee. This explains the drift and design of the whole prayer in the psalm. It is not a malignant prayer for the destruction of their enemies; it is not a wish that they might be made to suffer; but it is a prayer that the divine dealing might be such as to lead them to the acknowledgment of the true God. It is a benevolent thing to desire that men may be brought to the knowledge of the true God, though it be through the discomfiture of their own plans, by defeat, or by suffering. Anything that leads people to an acquaintance with God, and results in securing his friendship and favor, is a gain, and will be cause of thankfulness in the end.
LibraryEpistle xxxii. To Anastasius, Presbyter .
To Anastasius, Presbyter  . Gregory to Anastasius, &c. That a good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things (Matth. xii. 35; Luke vi. 45), this thy Charity has shewn, both in thy habitual life and lately also in thy epistle; wherein I find two persons at issue with regard to virtues; that is to say, thyself contending for charity, and another for fear and humility. And, though occupied with many things, though ignorant of the Greek language, I have nevertheless sat …
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The Third Commandment
If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.
Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor, And let them cover themselves with their own shame as with a robe.
"His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon himself his crown shall shine."
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