New American Standard Bible
How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!
King James Bible
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
Darby Bible Translation
How are they suddenly made desolate! they pass away, consumed with terrors.
World English Bible
How they are suddenly destroyed! They are completely swept away with terrors.
Young's Literal Translation
How have they become a desolation as in a moment, They have been ended -- consumed from terrors.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! - How suddenly and unexpectedly does destruction come upon them! Nothing can be argued from their apparent prosperity, for there is no ground of security in "that," no basis for an argument that it will continue. The end must be seen in order to form a correct estimate on the subject, and that end may soon come. Compare the notes at Job 15:20-21.
They are utterly consumed with terrors - literally, "they perish; they are destroyed by terrors;" that is, by terrible things, or by things suited to produce terror in the mind. The idea is not that they are destroyed by their own fears, but that things come upon them which are suited to overwhelm the soul, and that by those things they are utterly destroyed. It is by this result that we are to determine in regard to the equity of the divine administration, and not by their prosperity and their apparent safety.
Library"Let us Pray"
Nevertheless, prayer is the best used means of drawing near to God. You will excuse me, then, if in considering my text this morning, I confine myself entirely to the subject of prayer. It is in prayer mainly, that we draw near to God, and certainly it can be said emphatically of prayer, it is good for every man who knoweth how to practice that heavenly art, in it to draw near unto God. To assist your memories, that the sermon may abide with you in after days, I shall divide my discourse this morning …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 6: 1860
Of a Low Estimation of Self in the Sight of God
Covenanting Adapted to the Moral Constitution of Man.
Cæsarius of Arles.
"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly."
"All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step.
All my enemies will be ashamed and greatly dismayed; They shall turn back, they will suddenly be ashamed.
"But these two things will come on you suddenly in one day: Loss of children and widowhood. They will come on you in full measure In spite of your many sorceries, In spite of the great power of your spells.
"But evil will come on you Which you will not know how to charm away; And disaster will fall on you For which you cannot atone; And destruction about which you do not know Will come on you suddenly.
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