New American Standard Bible
"Terrors overtake him like a flood; A tempest steals him away in the night.
King James Bible
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
Darby Bible Translation
Terrors overtake him like waters; a whirlwind stealeth him away in the night.
World English Bible
Terrors overtake him like waters. A storm steals him away in the night.
Young's Literal Translation
Overtake him as waters do terrors, By night stolen him away hath a whirlwind.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Terrors-take hold on him as waters - That is, as suddenly and violently as angry floods; compare the notes at Job 18:14.
A tempest stealeth him away - He is suddenly cut off by the wrath of God. A tempest comes upon him as unexpectedly as a thief or robber comes at night. Death is often represented as coming upon man with the silence of a thief, or the sudden violence of a robber at midnight; see the note at Job 21:17; compare Matthew 24:42-44.
The murderer in the night is as a thief.
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"Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.
"He flies away like a dream, and they cannot find him; Even like a vision of the night he is chased away.
"They are insignificant on the surface of the water; Their portion is cursed on the earth. They do not turn toward the vineyards.
"In a moment they die, and at midnight People are shaken and pass away, And the mighty are taken away without a hand.
You have swept them away like a flood, they fall asleep; In the morning they are like grass which sprouts anew.
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