New American Standard Bible
Let them be as a snail which melts away as it goes along, Like the miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.
King James Bible
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
Let them be as a snail that melteth as it passeth away; like the untimely birth of a woman, let them not see the sun.
World English Bible
Let them be like a snail which melts and passes away, like the stillborn child, who has not seen the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
As a snail that melteth he goeth on, As an untimely birth of a woman, They have not seen the sun.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away - Or rather, As the snail which melteth as it goes; that is, which leaves a slimy trail as it moves along, and thus melts away the more as it advances, until at length it dies. Gesenius, Lexicon. The allusion is to what seems to occur to the snail; it seems to melt or to be dissolved as it moves along; or seems to leave a part of itself in the slime which flows from it.
Like the untimely birth of a woman - The Hebrew word means literally "that which falls from a woman;" and hence, the word is used to denote an abortion. The prayer is, that they might utterly pass away; that they might become like those who never had real life; that their power might wholly disappear.
That they may not see the sun - May not be among the living. Compare the notes at Job 3:16.
LibraryPeaceable Principles and True: Or, a Brief Answer to Mr. D'Anver's and Mr. Paul's Books against My Confession of Faith, and Differences in Judgment About Baptism no Bar to Communion.
WHEREIN THEIR SCRIPTURELESS NOTIONS ARE OVERTHROWN, AND MY PEACEABLE PRINCIPLES STILL MAINTAINED. 'Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?'--Psalm 58:1 SIR, I have received and considered your short reply to my differences in judgment about water baptism no bar to communion; and observe, that you touch not the argument at all: but rather labour what you can, and beyond what you ought, to throw odiums upon your brother for reproving you for your error, …
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3
"Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.
If a man fathers a hundred children and lives many years, however many they be, but his soul is not satisfied with good things and he does not even have a proper burial, then I say, "Better the miscarriage than he,
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