Psalm 18:5
New International Version
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.

New Living Translation
The grave wrapped its ropes around me; death laid a trap in my path.

English Standard Version
the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Berean Study Bible
The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

King James Bible
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

New King James Version
The sorrows of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

New American Standard Bible
The ropes of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

NASB 1995
The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

NASB 1977
The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

Amplified Bible
The cords of Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me.

Christian Standard Bible
The ropes of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The ropes of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

American Standard Version
The cords of Sheol were round about me; The snares of death came upon me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The destructions of Sheol surrounded me and the snares of death were before me.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The pangs of hell came round about me: the snares of death prevented me.

Contemporary English Version
Ropes from the world of the dead had coiled around me, and death had set a trap in my path.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sorrows of hell encompassed me: and the snares of death prevented me.

English Revised Version
The cords of Sheol were round about me: the snares of death came on me.

Good News Translation
The danger of death was around me, and the grave set its trap for me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ropes of the grave had surrounded me. The clutches of death had confronted me.

International Standard Version
The cords of Sheol surrounded me; the snares of death confronted me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of Death confronted me.

Literal Standard Version
Cords of Sheol have surrounded me, "" Snares of death have been before me.

NET Bible
The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, the snares of death trapped me.

New Heart English Bible
The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death came on me.

World English Bible
The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death came on me.

Young's Literal Translation
Cords of Sheol have surrounded me, Before me have been snares of death.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD is My Rock
4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me. 5The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me. 6In my distress I called upon the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry for His help reached His ears.…

Cross References
Luke 21:20
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near.

Psalm 40:12
For evils without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, so that I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart has failed within me.

Psalm 55:4
My heart murmurs within me, and the terrors of death assail me.

Psalm 116:3
The ropes of death entangled me; the anguish of Sheol overcame me; I was confronted by trouble and sorrow.

Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning one from the snares of death.

Jonah 2:2
saying: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me. From the belly of Sheol I called for help, and You heard my voice.

Jonah 2:6
To the roots of the mountains I descended; the earth beneath me barred me in forever! But You raised my life from the pit, O LORD my God!


Treasury of Scripture

The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

The sorrows, or, cords

Psalm 86:13
For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Psalm 88:3-8,15-17
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave…

Acts 2:24
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

snares

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.









(5) Hell.--Heb., sheol. (See Note on Psalm 6:5.)

Prevented--i.e., suddenly seized upon. The poet seems to feel the cords already tightening on his limbe. He is not dead yet, but like to them who go down to sheol. This verse has one verbal difference from Samuel.

Verse 5. - The sorrows of hell compassed me about; literally, the cords of Sheol, or Hades. Death and Hell are, both of them, personified, and made to join in the chase. The ensnaring nets are drawn nearer and nearer; at last the toils close in, the last cast is made, and the prey is taken. The snares of death prevented me; or, came upon me (Revised Version) - "took me by surprise" (Kay).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The cords
חֶבְלֵ֣י (ḥeḇ·lê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2256: A rope, a measuring line, a district, inheritance, a noose, a company, a throe, ruin

of Sheol
שְׁא֣וֹל (šə·’ō·wl)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)

entangled me;
סְבָב֑וּנִי (sə·ḇā·ḇū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

the snares
מ֣וֹקְשֵׁי (mō·wq·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 4170: A bait or lure, a snare

of death
מָֽוֶת׃ (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

confronted me.
קִ֝דְּמ֗וּנִי (qid·də·mū·nî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's 6923: To project, precede, to anticipate, hasten, meet


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