Psalm 58:9
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English Standard Version
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

King James Bible
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

American Standard Version
Before your pots can feel the thorns, He will take them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Before your thorns could know the brier; he swalloweth them up, as alive, in his wrath.

English Revised Version
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.

Webster's Bible Translation
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

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Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After this bold beginning the boldest figures follow one another rapidly; and the first of these is that of the serpent, which is kept up longer than any of the others. The verb זוּר (cogn. סוּר) is intentionally written זור in this instance in a neuter, not an active sense, plural זרוּ lar, like בּשׁוּ, טבוּ. Bakius recognises a retrospective reference to this passage in Isaiah 48:8. In such passages Scripture bears witness to the fact, which is borne out by experience, that there are men in whom evil from childhood onwards has a truly diabolical character, i.e., a selfish character altogether incapable of love. For although hereditary sinfulness and hereditary sin (guilt) are common to all men, yet the former takes the most manifold combinations and forms; and, in fact, the inheriting of sin and the complex influence of the power of evil and of the power of grace on the propagation of the human race require that it should be so. The Gospel of John more particularly teaches such a dualism of the natures of men. חמת־למו (with Rebia, as in John 18:18) is not the subject: the poison belonging to them, etc., but a clause by itself: poison is to them, they have poison; the construct state here, as in Lamentations 2:18; Ezekiel 1:27, does not express a relation of actual union, but only a close connection. יאטּם (with the orthophonic Dagesh which gives prominence to the Teth as the commencement of a syllable) is an optative future form, which is also employed as an indicative in the poetic style, e.g., Psalm 18:11. The subject of this attributive clause, continuing the adjective, is the deaf adder, such an one, viz., as makes itself deaf; and in this respect (as in their evil serpent nature) it is a figure of the self-hardening evil-doer. Then with אשׁר begins the more minute description of this adder. There is a difference even among serpents. They belong to the worst among them that are inaccessible to any kind of human influence. All the arts of sorcery are lost upon them. מלחשׁים are the whisperers of magic formulae (cf. Arabic naffathât, adjurations), and חובר חברים is one who works binding by spells, exorcism, and tying fast by magic knots (cf. חבר, to bind equals to bewitch, cf. Arab. ‛qqd, ‛nn, Persic bend equals κατάδεσμος, vid., Isaiah, i. 118, ii. 242). The most inventive affection and the most untiring patience cannot change their mind. Nothing therefore remains to David but to hope for their removal, and to pray for it.

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thorns

Psalm 118:12 They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

Ecclesiastes 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

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Psalm 10:15 Break you the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till you find none.

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days...

Psalm 73:18-20 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction...

Job 18:18 He shall be driven from light into darkness, and chased out of the world.

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment?

Proverbs 1:27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish comes on you.

Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passes, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has hope in his death.

Isaiah 17:13 The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off...

Isaiah 40:24 Yes, they shall not be planted; yes, they shall not be sown: yes, their stock shall not take root in the earth...

Jeremiah 23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously on the head of the wicked.

both living [heb.] as living as wrath

Numbers 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them...

Cross References
Job 27:21
The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.

Psalm 83:15
so may you pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your hurricane!

Psalm 118:12
They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!

Proverbs 10:25
When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.

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