Psalm 18:5
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New American Standard 1977
The cords of Sheol surrounded me;
            The snares of death confronted me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The pain of Sheol compassed me about: the snares of death came before me.

King James 2000 Bible
The sorrows of sheol surrounded me: the snares of death confronted me.

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

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

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

Darby Bible Translation
The bands of Sheol surrounded me, the cords of death encountered me.

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

Webster's Bible Translation
The sorrows of hell encompassed me: the snares of death seized 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.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Rock
4The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me. 5The cords of Sheol surrounded me; The snares of death confronted me. 6In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into 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 beyond number have surrounded me; My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see; They are more numerous than the hairs of my head, And my heart has failed me.

Psalm 55:4
My heart is in anguish within me, And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

Psalm 116:3
The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

Proverbs 13:14
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn aside from the snares of death.

Jonah 2:2
and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.

Jonah 2:6
"I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up 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 your mercy toward me: and you have delivered my soul …

Psalm 88:3-8,15-17 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draws near to the grave…

Acts 2:24 Whom God has raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because …

snares

Ecclesiastes 9:12 For man also knows not his time: as the fishes that are taken in …

(5) Hell.--Heb., shel. (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 shel. 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). The sorrows of hell compassed me about,.... Or "the cords of the grave" (s), under the power of which he was detained for awhile; the allusion may be to the manner of burying among the Jews, who wound up their dead bodies in linen clothes; so that they were as persons bound hand and foot; and thus were they laid in the grave; see John 11:44; and so was Christ, till he was raised from the dead, when he showed himself to have the keys of hell and death, and to be no more under their power, or be held by them;

the snares of death prevented me; or "met" or "got before me" (t) the sense is, he was taken in them: this phrase designs the insidious ways and methods which the enemies of Christ took to ensnare him, and take away his life, and in which they succeeded; see Matthew 26:4.

(s) "funes sepulchri", Musculus, Gejerus. (t) "praeoccupaverunt me", V. L. "anteverterunt me", Vatablus; "occurrerunt", Cocceius. 5. death—and hell (compare Ps 16:10) are personified as man's great enemies (compare Re 20:13, 14).

prevented—encountered me, crossed my path, and endangered my safety. He does not mean he was in their power.18:1-19 The first words, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength, are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. 7-15. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, Heb 5:7. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.
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