New International Version
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
King James Bible
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Darby Bible Translation
Let them be as a snail that melteth as it passeth away; like the untimely birth of a woman, let them not see the sun.
World English Bible
Let them be like a snail which melts and passes away, like the stillborn child, who has not seen the sun.
Young's Literal Translation
As a snail that melteth he goeth on, As an untimely birth of a woman, They have not seen the sun.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
As a snail which melteth - The Chaldee reads the verse thus: "They shall melt away in their sins as water flows off; as the creeping snail that smears its track; as the untimely birth and the blind mole, which do not see the sun."
The original word שבלול shablul, a snail, is either from שביל shebil, a path, because it leaves a shining path after it by emitting a portion of slime, and thus glaring the ground; and therefore might be emphatically called the pathmaker; or from ישב yashab to dwell, ב be, in, לול lul, a winding or spiral shell, which is well known to be its house, and which it always inhabits; for when it is not coiled up within this shell, it carries it with it wheresoever it goes. See Bochart. These figures need no farther explanation.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
a snail. --Shabbelool, in Chaldee tivlala, the snail, is probably so called from the Arabic balla, to wet, moisten, because of the glutinous slime emitted from its body, by which it appears to waste itself away in its own motion: and in the same manner the wicked prove their own destruction
LibraryOf Internal Acts
Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. I intend here to speak only of Internal acts, those energies of the soul, by which it turns internally to some objects, and averts from others. If during my application to God I should form a will to change the nature of my act, I thereby withdraw myself …
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer
Faith the Sole Saving Act.
Or why was I not hidden away in the ground like a stillborn child, like an infant who never saw the light of day?
A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.
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