Psalm 124:3
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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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Commentary
Clarke'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

then they

Psalm 27:2 When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came on me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Psalm 35:25 Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

Psalm 56:1,2 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresses me...

Psalm 57:3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah...

Psalm 74:8 They said in their hearts, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all the synagogues of God in the land.

Psalm 83:4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.

Esther 3:6,12,13 And he thought scorn to lay hands on Mordecai alone; for they had showed him the people of Mordecai...

swallowed

Numbers 16:30-34 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them...

Proverbs 1:12 Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

Jeremiah 51:34 Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon has devoured me, he has crushed me, he has made me an empty vessel...

Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

their wrath

Psalm 76:10 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you: the remainder of wrath shall you restrain.

1 Samuel 20:30-33 Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said to him, You son of the perverse rebellious woman...

Daniel 3:19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego...

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth...

Acts 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women...

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PSALM CXXIV.
[Psalm 124] 8,6,8,6,8,8,7 Wo Gott der Herr nicht zu uns hält [48]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
For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. T hat the Gospel is a divine revelation may be summarily proved from the character of its Author. If an infidel was so far divested of prejudice and prepossession, as to read the history of Jesus Christ, recorded by the Evangelists, with attention, and in order to form his judgment of it, simply and candidly, as evidence should appear; I think he must observe many particulars in his spirit and conduct,
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Genesis 39:19
When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, "This is how your slave treated me," he burned with anger.

Numbers 16:30
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."

Psalm 18:4
The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

Psalm 35:25
Do not let them think, "Aha, just what we wanted!" or say, "We have swallowed him up."

Psalm 56:1
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.

Psalm 56:2
My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me.

Psalm 57:3
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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