Psalm 107:10
New International Version
Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,

New Living Translation
Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery.

English Standard Version
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and in irons,

Berean Study Bible
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in affliction and chains,

New American Standard Bible
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains,

New King James Version
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Bound in affliction and irons—

King James Bible
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

Christian Standard Bible
Others sat in darkness and gloom--prisoners in cruel chains--

Contemporary English Version
Some of you were prisoners suffering in deepest darkness and bound by chains,

Good News Translation
Some were living in gloom and darkness, prisoners suffering in chains,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Others sat in darkness and gloom-- prisoners in cruel chains--

International Standard Version
Some sat in deepest darkness, shackled with cruel iron,

NET Bible
They sat in utter darkness, bound in painful iron chains,

New Heart English Bible
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who sit in darkness and in the shadows of death, and are bound in poverty and in irons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who lived in the dark, in death's shadow were prisoners in misery. They were held in iron chains

JPS Tanakh 1917
Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Being bound in affliction and iron--

New American Standard 1977
There were those who dwelt in darkness and in the shadow of death, Prisoners in misery and chains,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons,

King James 2000 Bible
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons;

American King James Version
Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

American Standard Version
Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, Being bound in affliction and iron,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
even them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death, fettered in poverty and iron;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death: bound in want and in iron.

Darby Bible Translation
Such as inhabit darkness and the shadow of death, bound in affliction and iron,

English Revised Version
Such as sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

Webster's Bible Translation
Such as sit in darkness and in the shades of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

World English Bible
Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron,

Young's Literal Translation
Inhabitants of dark places and death-shade, Prisoners of affliction and of iron,
Study Bible
Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good
9For He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. 10Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, prisoners in misery and chains, 11because they rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High.…
Cross References
Luke 1:79
to shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace."

Job 36:8
And if men are bound with chains, caught in cords of affliction,

Psalm 5:10
Declare them guilty, O God; let them fall by their own devices. Drive them out for their many transgressions, for they have rebelled against You.

Psalm 68:6
God settles the lonely in families; He leads the prisoners out to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a sun-scorched land.

Psalm 102:20
to hear a prisoner's groaning, to release those condemned to death,

Psalm 107:14
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and broke away their chains.

Psalm 143:3
For the enemy has pursued my soul, crushing my life to the ground, making me dwell in darkness like those long since dead.

Isaiah 42:7
to open the eyes of the blind, to bring prisoners out of the dungeon, and those sitting in darkness out from the prison house.

Jeremiah 13:16
Give glory to the LORD your God before He brings darkness, before your feet stumble on the dusky mountains. You wait for light, but He turns it into deep gloom and thick darkness.

Micah 7:8
Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will arise; though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.

Treasury of Scripture

Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;

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Job 3:5
Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.

Isaiah 9:2
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Matthew 4:16
The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

bound

Psalm 105:18
Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:

Exodus 2:23,24
And it came to pass in process of time, that the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage…

2 Chronicles 33:11
Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon.







Lexicon
Some sat
יֹ֭שְׁבֵי (yō·šə·ḇê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in darkness
חֹ֣שֶׁךְ (ḥō·šeḵ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2822: The dark, darkness, misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness

and in the shadow of death,
וְצַלְמָ֑וֶת (wə·ṣal·mā·weṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6757: Death-like shadow, deep shadow

prisoners
אֲסִירֵ֖י (’ă·sî·rê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 615: A bondman, prisoner

in misery
עֳנִ֣י (‘o·nî)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6040: Affliction, poverty

and chains,
וּבַרְזֶֽל׃ (ū·ḇar·zel)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1270: Iron, an iron implement
(10-16) The prisoners.

(10) In darkness.--A common synonym for a dungeon. (See Isaiah 42:7; Isaiah 49:9, both of the exiles in Babylon; comp. Micah 7:8.)

This description, applicable to prisons in all ages but the most modern, was especially suitable for those of the ancients, who admitted no light at all; e.g., the Mamertine prison at Rome. Comp. Virgil, 'n. vi. 734:

"Neque auras

Dispiciunt clausae tenebris et carcere caeco."

In affliction and iron.--Both words are found also in Psalm 105:18, but distributed into the two clauses of the verse--hurt, iron. (Comp., too, Job 36:8, "bound in fetters and holden in cords of affliction.") The LXX. and Vulg. have "in poverty and in iron."

Verses 10-16. - There are others afflicted differently - struck down by some grievous calamity, imprisonment, earthly ruin, down fall of their hopes, a sense of their bondage to sin - who suffer perhaps even more than the dissatisfied wanderers. They too may cry to God in their trouble; and when they do, they experience his mercy. Let them join in the chorus of praise. Verse 10. - Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death (comp. Job 16:16; Job 36:8). The expressions used are purposely vague, being intended to cover various sorts of misery. Being bound in affliction and iron; i.e. "in an affliction which holds them like bands of iron" (comp. ver. 17). 107:10-16 This description of prisoners and captives intimates that they are desolate and sorrowful. In the eastern prisons the captives were and are treated with much severity. Afflicting providences must be improved as humbling providences; and we lose the benefit, if our hearts are unhumbled and unbroken under them. This is a shadow of the sinner's deliverance from a far worse confinement. The awakened sinner discovers his guilt and misery. Having struggled in vain for deliverance, he finds there is no help for him but in the mercy and grace of God. His sin is forgiven by a merciful God, and his pardon is accompanied by deliverance from the power of sin and Satan, and by the sanctifying and comforting influences of God the Holy Spirit.
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