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Psalm 79:12

12 Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

Read Psalm 79:12 Using Other Translations

And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you.

What does Psalm 79:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 79:12

And render unto our neighbours seven fold into their bosom,
ec.] Not seven fold for one, as the Targum paraphrases it, or a seven fold punishment for one sin; but that he would recompense their sins, or punish for them, and take vengeance on them, largely, abundantly, though not beyond measure, or exceeding the rules of justice; see ( Genesis 4:15 ) ( Luke 6:38 ) ,

the reproach with which they have reproached thee, O Lord;
by denying his being, or calling in question his perfections of power, truth, and goodness, to help his people; speaking ill of his providence, despising his word and ordinances, and even reproaching his people in reproaching him, ( Psalms 89:50 Psalms 89:51 ) , and this is what a righteous recompence is desired for; see ( Lamentations 3:64 ) .

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