New American Standard Bible
They open wide their mouth at me, As a ravening and a roaring lion.
King James Bible
They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
Darby Bible Translation
They gape upon me with their mouth, as a ravening and a roaring lion.
World English Bible
They open their mouths wide against me, lions tearing prey and roaring.
Young's Literal Translation
They have opened against me their mouth, A lion tearing and roaring.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
They gaped upon me with their mouths - Margin, as in Hebrew, "opened their mouths against me." That is, they opened their mouths wide as if they would devour me, as a lion does when he seizes upon his prey. In Psalm 22:7 they are represented as "opening" the mouth for another purpose - that of derision or scorn; here they are described as if they were fierce and wild beasts ready to fall upon their prey.
As a ravening and roaring lion - The word "ravening" means "voraciously devouring," and the allusion in the Hebrew word is to the lion as he tears his prey - טרף ṭâraph - rending it in pieces to devour it. All this is designed to denote the greediness with which the enemies of the Redeemer sought his life.
LibraryMessiah Derided Upon the Cross
All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. F allen man, though alienated from the life of God, and degraded with respect to many of his propensities and pursuits, to a level with the beasts that perish, is not wholly destitute of kind and compassionate feelings towards his fellow-creatures. While self-interest does not interfere, and the bitter passions …
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1
His Head is as the Most Fine Gold, his Locks as the Clusters of the Palm, Black as a Raven.
The Johannine Writings
The Necessity of Actual Grace
"They have gaped at me with their mouth, They have slapped me on the cheek with contempt; They have massed themselves against me.
He lurks in a hiding place as a lion in his lair; He lurks to catch the afflicted; He catches the afflicted when he draws him into his net.
He is like a lion that is eager to tear, And as a young lion lurking in hiding places.
Save me from the lion's mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me.
They opened their mouth wide against me; They said, "Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it!"
All your enemies Have opened their mouths wide against you; They hiss and gnash their teeth. They say, "We have swallowed her up! Surely this is the day for which we waited; We have reached it, we have seen it."
All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
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