Psalm 118:12
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New International Version
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them down.

New Living Translation
They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a crackling fire. But I destroyed them all with the authority of the LORD.

English Standard Version
They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!

New American Standard Bible
They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

King James Bible
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They surrounded me like bees; they were extinguished like a fire among thorns; in the name of Yahweh I destroyed them.

International Standard Version
They surrounded me like bees; but they will be extinguished like burning thorns. In the name of the LORD I will defeat them.

NET Bible
They surrounded me like bees. But they disappeared as quickly as a fire among thorns. Indeed, in the name of the LORD I pushed them away.

New Heart English Bible
They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of the LORD I cut them off.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They surrounded me like wasps and were extinguished like a grass fire, and in The Name of Lord Jehovah I destroyed them!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were extinguished like burning thornbushes. [So armed] with the name of the LORD, I defeated them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They compass me about like bees; They are quenched as the fire of thorns; Verily, in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.

New American Standard 1977
They surrounded me like bees;
            They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
            In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They compassed me about like bees; they were quenched as the fire of thorns; for in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.

King James 2000 Bible
They encompassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

American King James Version
They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

American Standard Version
They compassed me about like bees; They are quenched as the fire of thorns: In the name of Jehovah I will cut them off.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They surrounded me like bees, and they burned like fire among thorns: and in the name of the Lord I was revenged on them

Darby Bible Translation
They encompassed me like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of Jehovah have I destroyed them.

English Revised Version
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.

Webster's Bible Translation
They encompassed me like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

World English Bible
They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of Yahweh I cut them off.

Young's Literal Translation
They compassed me about as bees, They have been extinguished as a fire of thorns, In the name of Jehovah I surely cut them off.
Study Bible
Give Thanks to the Lord, for He is Good
11They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. 12They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off. 13You pushed me violently so that I was falling, But the LORD helped me.…
Cross References
Luke 21:20
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near.

Deuteronomy 1:44
"The Amorites who lived in that hill country came out against you and chased you as bees do, and crushed you from Seir to Hormah.

Psalm 58:9
Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For as the crackling of thorn bushes under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool; And this too is futility.

Isaiah 43:17
Who brings forth the chariot and the horse, The army and the mighty man (They will lie down together and not rise again; They have been quenched and extinguished like a wick):

Nahum 1:10
Like tangled thorns, And like those who are drunken with their drink, They are consumed As stubble completely withered.
Treasury of Scripture

They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

like bees

Deuteronomy 1:44 And the Amorites, which dwelled in that mountain, came out against …

quenched

Psalm 83:14,15 As the fire burns a wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire…

Ecclesiastes 7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of …

Isaiah 27:4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me …

Nahum 1:10 For while they be entwined together as thorns, and while they are …

in the name

Psalm 8:9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 20:1,5 The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob …

1 Samuel 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, and …

2 Samuel 23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, …

1 Chronicles 14:10,11,14-16 And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? …

2 Chronicles 14:11,12 And Asa cried to the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing …

2 Chronicles 16:7-9 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said …

2 Chronicles 20:17-22 You shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand …

2 Chronicles 22:7,8 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for …

destroy them. Heb. cut them down

(12) Like bees.--The image of the "bees" may be derived from Deuteronomy 1:44 (comp. Isaiah 7:18), but the LXX. suggest that the poet employed an original and far more expressive image, for they read, "as bees surround the comb." Possibly the word comb dropped out of the Hebrew text, because the copyist was thinking of Deuteronomy 1:44.

The fire of thorns.--See Psalm 58:9, Note. The rapidity with which a fire made of thorns burns gives the point of the comparison. The LXX. and Vulg. gave this more plainly by rendering, "they burnt out like a fire in thorns." Shakespeare may have had this verse in his thought when he wrote:

"Shallow jesters and rash bavin (i.e., brushwood) wit,

Soon kindled and soon burnt."--King Henry IV.

Verse 12. - They compassed me about like bees; i.e. in vast numbers, and with intense energy, and a furious desire to injure (comp. Deuteronomy 1:44; and the powerful description of Virgil, 'Georg.,' 4:236-238). They are quenched as the fire of thorns. Their fury dies away and goes out suddenly, like a fire kindled among thorns, which blazes up with vast heat and noise, but in a short time dies down and disappears. For in the Name of the Lord I will destroy them (see the comment on ver. 11). They compassed me about like bees,.... In great numbers (w); as a swarm of bees, which, being irritated and provoked, will fly upon persons in a body, and with great fury; to which the Amorites and the Assyrian army were compared, Deuteronomy 1:44. They will attack horses and kill them, as Aristotle (x) says; and places besieged have been delivered by throwing out hives of bees among the besiegers (y): and yet as they are feeble creatures, so by striking they lose their sting; and either die very quickly, or however become useless. All which denotes the numbers of the enemies of David and of Christ, and of his church and people, and the wrath and fury of them against them, as well as their fruitless and unsuccessful attempts upon them; for though they rage, what they contrive and endeavour to put in execution are vain things, and in the issue end in their own ruin and destruction;

they are quenched as the fire of thorns; which make a blaze, a noise, for a while; but are soon consumed, and leave only a few ashes behind. Wicked men are often compared to thorns, they being like them, unfruitful in themselves, unprofitable to others, harmful to the saints, and whose end is to be burnt; and whose destruction is certain and sudden, and easily effected as the burning of thorns; see Psalm 58:9, Ecclesiastes 7:6. The Targum renders it,

"they burned as fire among thorns;''

which is easily kindled and soon quenched: and so the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions; as if it was expressive of their wrath and fury, which was soon over; which agrees with what follows:

for; or "but", or "verily" (z),

in the name of the Lord I will destroy them; See Gill on Psalm 118:10 and See Gill on Psalm 118:11.

(w) , Homer. Iliad. 2. v. 87, Vid. Virgil. Aeneid. 12. v. 587. (x) Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 40. (y) Vid. Dieteric. Antiqu. Biblic. p. 478. (z) "sed", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "certe utique", Polus; "quod certissime", Michaelis. 12. as the fire of thorns—suddenly.

in the name, etc.—by the power (Ps 20:5; 124:8).118:1-18 The account the psalmist here gives of his troubles is very applicable to Christ: many hated him without a cause; nay, the Lord himself chastened him sorely, bruised him, and put him to grief, that by his stripes we might be healed. God is sometimes the strength of his people, when he is not their song; they have spiritual supports, though they want spiritual delights. Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the everlasting goodness and mercy of God, or whether he looks forward to the blessing secured to him, he will find abundant cause for joy and praise. Every answer to our prayers is an evidence that the Lord is on our side; and then we need not fear what man can do unto us; we should conscientiously do our duty to all, and trust in him alone to accept and bless us. Let us seek to live to declare the works of God, and to encourage others to serve him and trust in him. Such were the triumphs of the Son of David, in the assurance that the good pleasure of the Lord should prosper in his hand.
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