New American Standard Bible
May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.
King James Bible
Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Darby Bible Translation
Let not the flood of waters overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up; and let not the pit shut its mouth upon me.
World English Bible
Don't let the flood waters overwhelm me, neither let the deep swallow me up. Don't let the pit shut its mouth on me.
Young's Literal Translation
Let not a flood of waters overflow me, Nor let the deep swallow me up, Nor let the pit shut her mouth upon me.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let not the waterflood overflow me - The stream; the volume of waters. The idea is that of a flood or stream rolling along, that threatened to drown him.
Neither let the deep swallow me up - The abyss; the deep waters.
And let not the pit shut her mouth upon me - In his anguish and distress he passes here from the idea of running streams, and deep waters, to that of a well, pit, or cavern - representing himself as "in" that pit, and praying that it might not be closed upon him, leaving him in darkness and in mire, from which he could not then escape. The general idea in all these expressions is the same - that of overwhelming calamities from which he prayed to be delivered.
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So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
2 Samuel 22:5
"For the waves of death encompassed me; The torrents of destruction overwhelmed me;
A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.
For the choir director; according to Shoshannim. A Psalm of David. Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life.
You have put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the depths.
Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul;
Then the raging waters would have swept over our soul."
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