New International Version
But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand.
King James Bible
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
Darby Bible Translation
But [the sons] of Belial [are] all of them as thorns thrust away, Because they cannot be taken with hands;
World English Bible
But all of the ungodly shall be as thorns to be thrust away, because they can't be taken with the hand,
Young's Literal Translation
As to the worthless -- As a thorn driven away are all of them, For -- not by hand are they taken;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns - There is no word in the text for sons; it is simply Belial, the good-for-nothing man, and may here refer - first to Saul, and secondly to the enemies of our Lord.
As thorns thrust away - A metaphor taken from hedging; the workman thrusts the thorns aside either with his bill or hand, protected by his impenetrable mitten or glove, till, getting a fair blow at the roots, he cuts them all down. The man is fenced with iron, and the handle of his bill is like the staff of a spear. This is a good representation of the dubbing-bill, with which they slash the thorn hedge on each side before they level the tops by the pruning-shears. The handle is five or six feet long. This is a perfectly natural and intelligible image.
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'Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, 2. The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word was in my tongue. 3. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. 4. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing …
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David's Dying Song
The Blessings of Noah Upon Shem and Japheth. (Gen. Ix. 18-27. )
The Deity of the Holy Spirit.
The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
I am not angry. If only there were briers and thorns confronting me! I would march against them in battle; I would set them all on fire.
The peoples will be burned to ashes; like cut thornbushes they will be set ablaze."
And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.
They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.
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