English Standard Version
yet you have broken us in the place of jackals and covered us with the shadow of death.
King James Bible
Though thou hast sore broken us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shadow of death.
American Standard Version
That thou hast sore broken us in the place of jackals, And covered us with the shadow of death.
For thou hast humbled us in the place of affliction : and the shadow of death hath covered us.
English Revised Version
That thou hast sore broken us in the place of jackals, and covered us with the shadow of death.
Webster's Bible Translation
Though thou hast severely broke us in the place of dragons, and covered us with the shades of death.
Psalm 44:19 Parallel
CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
(Heb.: 44:14-17) To this defeat is now also added the shame that springs out of it. A distinction is made between the neighbouring nations, or those countries lying immediately round about Israel (סביבות, as in the exactly similar passage Psalm 79:4, cf. Psalm 80:7, which closely resembles it), and the nations of the earth that dwell farther away from Israel. משׁל is here a jesting, taunting proverb, and one that holds Israel up as an example of a nation undergoing chastisement (vid., Habakkuk 2:6). The shaking of the head is, as in Psalm 22:8, a gesture of malicious astonishment. In נגדּי תּמיד (as in Psalm 38:18) we have both the permanent aspect or look and the perpetual consciousness. Instead of "shame covers my face," the expression is "the shame of my face covers me," i.e., it has overwhelmed my entire inward and outward being (cf. concerning the radical notions of בּושׁ, Psalm 6:11, and חפר, Psalm 34:6). The juxtaposition of "enemy and revengeful man" has its origin in Psalm 8:3. In Psalm 44:17 מקּול and מפּני alternate; the former is used of the impression made by the jeering voice, the other of the impression produced by the enraged mien.
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Let gloom and deep darkness claim it. Let clouds dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
I am a brother of jackals and a companion of ostriches.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
They crush your people, O LORD, and afflict your heritage.
Hyenas will cry in its towers, and jackals in the pleasant palaces; its time is close at hand and its days will not be prolonged.
Thorns shall grow over its strongholds, nettles and thistles in its fortresses. It shall be the haunt of jackals, an abode for ostriches.
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