New International Version
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them down.
King James Bible
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
Darby Bible Translation
They encompassed me like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of Jehovah have I destroyed them.
World English Bible
They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of Yahweh I cut them off.
Young's Literal Translation
They compassed me about as bees, They have been extinguished as a fire of thorns, In the name of Jehovah I surely cut them off.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns - I shall refer to Dr. Delaney's note on this passage. The reader has here in miniature two of the finest images in Homer; which, if his curiosity demands to be gratified, he will find illustrated and enlarged, Iliad ii., ver. 86.
- Επεσσευοντο δε λαοι.
Ηΰτε εθνεα εισι μελισσαων αδιναων,
Πετρης εκ γλαφυρης αιει νεον ερχομεναων,
Βοτρυδον δε πετονται επ' ανθεσιν ειαρινοισιν,
Αἱ μεν τ' ενθα ἁλις πεποτηαται, αἱ δε τε ανθα
Ὡς των εθνεα πολλα νεων απο και κλισιαων
Ηΐονος προπαροιθε βαθειης εστιχοωντο
Ιλαδον εις αγορην.
- The following host,
Poured forth by thousands, darkens all the coast.
As from some rocky cleft the shepherd sees,
Clustering in heaps on heaps, the driving bees,
Rolling and blackening, swarms succeeding swarms,
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in the name
destroy them. Heb. cut them down
LibraryJune the Thirtieth God My Strength and Song
"The Lord is my strength and my song." --PSALM cxviii. 14-21. Yes, first of all "my strength" and then "my song"! For what song can there be where there is languor and fainting? What brave music can be born in an organ which is short of breath? There must first be strength if we would have fine harmonies. And so the good Lord comes to the songless, and with holy power He brings the gift of "saving health." "And my song"! For when life is healthy it instinctively breaks into song. The happy, contented …
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year
The Entry into Jerusalem.
Letter xx. To Pope Damasus.
Of the Conformity of Our Will to that Will of God's which is Signified to us by his Commandments.
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
The Amorites who lived in those hills came out against you; they chased you like a swarm of bees and beat you down from Seir all the way to Hormah.
Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns-- whether they be green or dry--the wicked will be swept away.
Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
They will be entangled among thorns and drunk from their wine; they will be consumed like dry stubble.
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