English Standard Version
And all its carved wood they broke down with hatchets and hammers.
King James Bible
But now they break down the carved work thereof at once with axes and hammers.
American Standard Version
And now all the carved work thereof They break down with hatchet and hammers.
they have cut down at once the gates thereof, with axe and hatchet they have brought it down.
English Revised Version
And now all the carved work thereof together they break down with hatchet and hammers.
Webster's Bible Translation
But now they break down the carved work of it at once with axes and hammers.
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CommentaryKeil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
The poet here once more gives expression to the great opposites into which good fortune and misfortune are seemingly, but only seemingly, divided in a manner so contradictory to the divine justice. The central point of the confirmation that is introduced with כּי lies in Psalm 73:28. "Thy far removing ones" was to be expressed with רחק, which is distinct from רחוק. זנה has מן instead of מתּחת or מאחרי after it. Those who remove themselves far from the primary fountain of life fall a prey to ruin; those who faithlessly abandon God, and choose the world with its idols rather than His love, fall a prey to destruction. Not so the poet; the nearness of God, i.e., a state of union with God, is good to him, i.e., (cf. Psalm 119:71.) he regards as his good fortune. קרבה is nom. act. after the form יקהה, Arab. waqhat, obedience, and נצּרה, a watch, Psalm 141:3, and of essentially the same signification with ḳurba (קרבה), the Arabic designation of the unio mystica; cf. James 4:8, ἐγγίσατε τῷ Θεῷ καὶ ἐγγιεῖ ὑμῖν. Just as קרבת אלהים stands in antithesis to רחקיך, so לי טּוב stands in antithesis to יאבדו and הצמתה. To the former their alienation from God brings destruction; he finds in fellowship with God that which is good to him for the present time and for the future. Putting his confidence (מחסּי, not מחסי) in Him, he will declare, and will one day be able to declare, all His מלאכות, i.e., the manifestations or achievements of His righteous, gracious, and wise government. The language of assertion is quickly changed into that of address. The Psalm closes with an upward look of grateful adoration to God beforehand, who leads His own people, ofttimes wondrously indeed, but always happily, viz., through suffering to glory.
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1 Samuel 13:20
But every one of the Israelites went down to the Philistines to sharpen his plowshare, his mattock, his axe, or his sickle,
1 Kings 6:18
The cedar within the house was carved in the form of gourds and open flowers. All was cedar; no stone was seen.
1 Kings 6:29
Around all the walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms.
And he burned the house of the LORD, and the king's house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down.
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