Psalm 124:3
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New American Standard Bible
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;

King James Bible
Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

Darby Bible Translation
Then they had swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;

World English Bible
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;

Young's Literal Translation
Then alive they had swallowed us up, In the burning of their anger against us,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Then they had swallowed us up quick - There was no other help, and ruin - utter ruin - would have soon come upon us. The word quick here means alive; and the idea is derived from persons swallowed up in an earthquake, or by the opening of the earth, as in the case of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numbers 16:32-33. Compare Psalm 106:17. The meaning here is, that they would have been destroyed as if they were swallowed up by the opening of the earth; that is, there would have been complete destruction.

When their wrath was kindled against us - Hebrew, In the kindling of their wrath against us. Wrath is often represented in the Scriptures as burning or heated - as that which consumes all before it.

Psalm 124:3 Parallel Commentaries

The Creation
Q-7: WHAT ARE THE DECREES OF GOD? A: The decrees of God are his eternal purpose, according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatsoever shall come to pass. I have already spoken something concerning the decrees of God under the attribute of his immutability. God is unchangeable in his essence, and he-is unchangeable in his decrees; his counsel shall stand. He decrees the issue of all things, and carries them on to their accomplishment by his providence; I
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Genesis 39:19
Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him, saying, "This is what your slave did to me," his anger burned.

Numbers 16:30
"But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD."

Psalm 18:4
The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me.

Psalm 35:25
Do not let them say in their heart, "Aha, our desire!" Do not let them say, "We have swallowed him up!"

Psalm 56:1
For the choir director; according to Jonath elem rehokim. A Mikhtam of David, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me.

Psalm 56:2
My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.

Psalm 57:3
He will send from heaven and save me; He reproaches him who tramples upon me. Selah. God will send forth His lovingkindness and His truth.

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