New International Version
Those who sit at the gate mock me, and I am the song of the drunkards.
King James Bible
They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.
Darby Bible Translation
They that sit in the gate talk of me, and [I am] the song of the drunkards.
World English Bible
Those who sit in the gate talk about me. I am the song of the drunkards.
Young's Literal Translation
Those sitting at the gate meditate concerning me, And those drinking strong drink, Play on instruments.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They that sit in the gate - At the gates were the courts for public justice; there were complaints lodged, and causes heard. No doubt many vexatious complaints were made against the poor captives; and false accusations, through which they grievously suffered; so that, literally, they were often "obliged to restore that which they had not taken away." See Psalm 69:4.
The song of the drunkards - These poor miserable people were exposed to all sorts of indignities. Though the conduct is base, the exultation over a fallen enemy is frequent. How miserable was this lot! Forsaken by friends, scorned by enemies, insulted by inferiors; the scoff of libertines, and the song of drunkards; besides hard travail of body, miserably lodged and fed; with the burning crown of all, a deep load of guilt upon the conscience. To such a life any death was preferable.
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drunkards [heb.] drinkers of strong drink
LibraryMessiah Unpitied, and Without a Comforter
Reproach [Rebuke] hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. T he greatness of suffering cannot be certainly estimated by the single consideration of the immediate, apparent cause; the impression it actually makes upon the mind of the sufferer, must likewise be taken into the account. That which is a heavy trial to one person, may be much lighter to another, and, perhaps, no trial at all. And a state …
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1
Letter xxxix (A. D. 1137) to the Same.
Christ's Resurrection Song.
Aron, Brother of Moses, 486, 487.
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and sat down there just as the guardian-redeemer he had mentioned came along. Boaz said, "Come over here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over and sat down.
"And now those young men mock me in song; I have become a byword among them.
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