The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
a. ASV: The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecuted him:
b. YLT: And embitter him -- yea, they have striven, Yea, hate him do archers;
c. Amplified Bible Classic: Skilled archers have bitterly attacked and sorely worried him; they have shot at him and persecuted him.
d. Septuagint: Against whom men taking evil counsel reproached [him], and the archers pressed hard upon him.
e. Stone Edition Torah/Prophets/Writings: They embittered him and became antagonists; the arrow-tongued men hated him.
1. “The archers have sorely grieved him…”
a. [The] archers [Strong: 1167 baʻal, bah'-al; from H1166; a master; hence, a husband, or (figuratively) owner (often used with another noun in modifications of this latter sense):— archer, babbler, bird, captain, chief man, confederate, have to do, dreamer, those to whom it is due, furious, those that are given to it, great, hairy, he that hath it, have, horseman, husband, lord, man, married, master, person, sworn, they of.]
b. [Strong: 2671 chêts, khayts; from H2686; also by interchange for H6086 properly, a piercer, i.e. an arrow; by implication, a wound; figuratively, (of God) thunder-bolt; the shaft of a spear:— archer, arrow, dart, shaft, staff, wound.]
c. [have] sorely grieved [him] [Strong: 4843 mârar, maw-rar'; a primitive root; properly, to trickle (see H4752); but used only as a denominative from H4751; to be (causatively, make) bitter (literally or figuratively):—(be, be in, deal, have, make) bitter(-ly, -ness), be moved with choler, (be, have sorely, it) grieved(-eth), provoke, vex.]
2. “...and shot at him, and hated him:”
a. and shot [at him] [Strong: 7232 râbab, raw-bab'; a primitive root (rather identical with H7231 through the idea of projection); to shoot an arrow:—shoot.
b. [and] hated him [Strong: 7852 râbab, raw-bab'; a primitive root (rather identical with H7231 through the idea of projection); to shoot an arrow:—shoot.]
1). Genesis 37:3, 4 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
a). There is no question that the favoritism that Jacob showed Joseph fueled the hatred and bitterness of the rest of the sons.