New International Version
You have made us a byword among the nations; the peoples shake their heads at us.
King James Bible
Thou makest us a byword among the heathen, a shaking of the head among the people.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou makest us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
World English Bible
You make us a byword among the nations, a shaking of the head among the peoples.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou makest us a simile among nations, A shaking of the head among peoples.
Psalm 44:14 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thou makest us a byword - We are evidently abandoned by thee, and are become so very miserable in consequence, that we are a proverb among the people: "See the Hebrews! see their misery and wretchedness! see how low the wrath of God has brought down an offending people!" And the worst curse that can be imprecated against a wicked nation is: "Mayest thou become as wretched as the Jews;" or as the old Psalter: Thou has seet us reprove til our neghburs: scornyng and hethyng til tha that er in our umgang. That es, gref, tourment that es of our neghburs, and that hethyng es noght sone gave or passand, that we suffer of tha, that er al aboute us. When men sais so byfal ye, als byfel him."
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Text: First Peter 2, 20-25. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not; but committed …
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1 Kings 9:7
then I will cut off Israel from the land I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. Israel will then become a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples.
2 Kings 19:21
This is the word that the LORD has spoken against him: "'Virgin Daughter Zion despises you and mocks you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.
"God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit.
He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me.
I am an object of scorn to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.
I will make them abhorrent and an offense to all the kingdoms of the earth, a reproach and a byword, a curse and an object of ridicule, wherever I banish them.
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