New International Version
They will say, "As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave."
King James Bible
Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
Our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol, as when one cutteth and cleaveth [wood] upon the earth.
World English Bible
"As when one plows and breaks up the earth, our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol."
Young's Literal Translation
As one tilling and ripping up in the land, Have our bones been scattered at the command of Saul.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
When their judges are overthrown in stony places - בידי סלע biyedey sela, "In the hands of the rock." Does this rock signify a strong or fortified place; and its hands the garrison which have occupied it, by whom these judges were overthrown? If we knew the occasion on which this Psalm was made, we might be the better able to understand the allusions in the text.
They shall hear my words; for they are sweet - Some think there is here an allusion to David's generous treatment of Saul in the cave of En-gedi, and afterwards at the hill of Hachilah, in this verse, which might be translated: "Their judges have been dismissed in the rocky places; and have heard my words, that they were sweet." Or perhaps there may be a reference to the death of Saul and his sons, and the very disastrous defeat of the Israelites at Gilboa. If so, the seventh verse will lose its chief difficulty, Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth; but if we take them as referring to the slaughter of the priests at Nob, then, in stead of translating לפי שאול lephi sheol, at the grave's mouth, we may translate at the command of Saul; and then the verse will point out the manner in which those servants of the Lord were massacred; Doeg cut them in pieces; hewed them down as one cleaveth wood. Some understand all this of the cruel usage of the captives in Babylon. I could add other conjectures, and contend for my own; but they are all too vague to form a just ground for decided opinion.
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and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.
They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.
But there they are, overwhelmed with dread, where there was nothing to dread. God scattered the bones of those who attacked you; you put them to shame, for God despised them.
Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.
I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.
Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.
Then he said to me: "Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.'
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