Psalm 73:19
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New International Version
How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!

New Living Translation
In an instant they are destroyed, completely swept away by terrors.

English Standard Version
How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!

New American Standard Bible
How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors!

King James Bible
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors.

International Standard Version
How desolate they quickly become, completely destroyed by calamities.

NET Bible
How desolate they become in a mere moment! Terrifying judgments make their demise complete!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How suddenly they have ended in insensibility and they are finished by tumult!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They are suddenly destroyed. They are completely swept away by terror!

Jubilee Bible 2000
How they are brought into desolation, as in a moment! They have come to an end; they are utterly consumed with terrors.

King James 2000 Bible
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

American King James Version
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

American Standard Version
How are they become a desolation in a moment! They are utterly consumed with terrors.

Douay-Rheims Bible
How are they brought to desolation? they have suddenly ceased to be: they have perished by reason of their iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
How are they suddenly made desolate! they pass away, consumed with terrors.

English Revised Version
How are they become a desolation in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

Webster's Bible Translation
How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

World English Bible
How they are suddenly destroyed! They are completely swept away with terrors.

Young's Literal Translation
How have they become a desolation as in a moment, They have been ended -- consumed from terrors.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

73:15-20 The psalmist having shown the progress of his temptation, shows how faith and grace prevailed. He kept up respect for God's people, and with that he restrained himself from speaking what he had thought amiss. It is a sign that we repent of the evil thoughts of the heart, if we suppress them. Nothing gives more offence to God's children, than to say it is vain to serve God; for there is nothing more contrary to their universal experience. He prayed to God to make this matter plain to him; and he understood the wretched end of wicked people; even in the height of their prosperity they were but ripening for ruin. The sanctuary must be the resort of a tempted soul. The righteous man's afflictions end in peace, therefore he is happy; the wicked man's enjoyments end in destruction, therefore he is miserable. The prosperity of the wicked is short and uncertain, slippery places. See what their prosperity is; it is but a vain show, it is only a corrupt imagination, not substance, but a mere shadow; it is as a dream, which may please us a little while we are slumbering, yet even then it disturbs our repose.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! There is something very striking in the suddenness with which the prosperity of a wicked man often collapses. Saul, Jezebel, Athaliah, Epiphanes, Herod Agrippa, are cases in point, likewise Nero, Galerius, Julian. The first and second Napoleonic empires may also be cited. They are utterly consumed with terrors; literally, they perish; they come to an end through terrors (comp. Job 18:11; Job 24:17; Job 27:20).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment?.... Very suddenly, which is often the case of wicked men, who cry Peace and safety, and sudden destruction comes upon them, 1 Thessalonians 5:3, so as in a moment were the punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah, of Pharaoh and his host, and of Korah and his company, Lamentations 4:6, the words are expressed with admiration, as wondering at the sudden and amazing turn of things:

they are utterly consumed with terrors: their destruction is not only sudden, but entire; it is like the breaking in pieces of a potter's vessel; a shard of which cannot be gathered up and used, or like the casting of a millstone into the sea, which will never rise more; such will be the destruction of antichrist; see Revelation 2:27 and this is done "with terrors"; either by terrible judgments inflicted on them from without; or with terrors inwardly seizing upon their minds and consciences; as, at the time of temporal calamities, or at death, however at judgment, when the awful sentence will be pronounced upon them; see Job 27:20.



Psalm 73:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Surely God is Good to Israel
18Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction. 19How they are destroyed in a moment! They are utterly swept away by sudden terrors! 20Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when aroused, You will despise their form.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:21
"Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."

Job 18:11
Terrors startle him on every side and dog his every step.

Psalm 6:10
All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

Isaiah 47:9
Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells.

Isaiah 47:11
Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you.
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How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.

how

Psalm 58:9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as …

Job 20:5 That the triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite …

Isaiah 30:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, …

Acts 2:23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge …

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction …

Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas …

they are

Numbers 17:12,13 And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, …

1 Samuel 28:20 Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, …

Job 15:21 A dreadful sound is in his ears: in prosperity the destroyer shall come on him.

Job 20:23-25 When he is about to fill his belly, God shall cast the fury of his …

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Isaiah 21:3,4 Therefore are my loins filled with pain: pangs have taken hold on …

Daniel 5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled …

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