New International Version
Surely mockers surround me; my eyes must dwell on their hostility.
King James Bible
Are there not mockers with me? and doth not mine eye continue in their provocation?
Darby Bible Translation
Are there not mockers around me? and doth [not] mine eye abide in their provocation?
World English Bible
Surely there are mockers with me. My eye dwells on their provocation.
Young's Literal Translation
If not -- mockeries are with me. And in their provocations mine eye lodgeth.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Are there not mockers with me? - This has been variously translated. The Vulgate: "I have not sinned, and yet my eye dwells upon afflictions." Septuagint: "I conjure you, laboring under afflictions, what evil have I done? Yet strangers have robbed me of my substance." Mr. Good: "But are not revilers before me? Alas, mine eye penetrateth their rebukes." Calmet thinks the Hebrew might be translated thus: "If I have not been united in friendship with the wicked, why are my eyes in bitterness?" Coverdale translates both verses thus: My breth fayleth, my dayes are shortened, I am harde at deathes dore. I have disceaved no man, yet must myne eye continue in hevynesse. Mr. Heath "Were it not so, I have sarcasms enow in store; and I could spend the whole night unmoved at their aggravations." The general meaning is sufficiently plain, and the reader has got translations enough.
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continue. Heb. lodge
Library9Th Day. Persevering Grace.
"He is Faithful that Promised." "The righteous shall hold on his way."--JOB xvii. 9. Persevering Grace. Reader! how comforting to thee amid the ebbings and flowings of thy changing history, to know that the change is all with thee, and not with thy God! Thy spiritual bark may be tossed on waves of temptation, in many a dark midnight. Thou mayest think thy pilot hath left thee, and be ready continually to say, "Where is my God?" But fear not! The bark which bears thy spiritual destinies is in better …
John Ross Macduff—The Faithful Promiser
Another Shorter Evening Prayer.
Will your idle talk reduce others to silence? Will no one rebuke you when you mock?
"I have become a laughingstock to my friends, though I called on God and he answered-- a mere laughingstock, though righteous and blameless!
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.
Bear with me while I speak, and after I have spoken, mock on.
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