New International Version
they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;
King James Bible
Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Darby Bible Translation
Then they had swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
World English Bible
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;
Young's Literal Translation
Then alive they had swallowed us up, In the burning of their anger against us,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If it had not been the Lord - If God had not, in a very especial manner, supported and defended us, we had all been swallowed up alive, and destroyed by a sudden destruction, so that not one would have been left. This might refer to the plot against the whole nation of the Jews by Haman, in the days of Mordecai and Esther; when by his treacherous schemes the Jews, wheresoever dispersed in the provinces of Babylon, were all to have been put to death in one day. This may here be represented under the figure of an earthquake, when a chasm is formed, and a whole city and its inhabitants are in a moment swallowed up alive.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
[Psalm 124] 8,6,8,6,8,8,7 Wo Gott der Herr nicht zu uns hält Justus Jonas trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1869 If God were not upon our side When foes around us rage, Were not Himself our Help and Guide When bitter war they wage, Were He not Israel's mighty Shield, To whom their utmost crafts must yield, We surely must have perished. But now no human wit or might Should make us quail for fear, God sitteth in the highest height, And makes their counsels clear; When craftiest snares and nets …
Catherine Winkworth—Christian Singers of Germany
Messiah Rising from the Dead
When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, "This is how your slave treated me," he burned with anger.
But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."
The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
Do not let them think, "Aha, just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."
For the director of music. To the tune of "A Dove on Distant Oaks." Of David. A miktam. When the Philistines had seized him in Gath. Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack.
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.
He sends from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me-- God sends forth his love and his faithfulness.
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