Psalm 116:3
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English Standard Version
The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.

King James Bible
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

American Standard Version
The cords of death compassed me, And the pains of Sheol gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sorrows of death have encompassed me: and the perils of hell have found me. I met with trouble and sorrow:

English Revised Version
The cords of death compassed me, and the pains of Sheol gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sorrows of death encompassed me, and the pains of hell came upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The voice of consolation is continued in Psalm 115:15, but it becomes the voice of hope by being blended with the newly strengthened believing tone of the congregation. Jahve is here called the Creator of heaven and earth because the worth and magnitude of His blessing are measured thereby. He has reserved the heavens to Himself, but given the earth to men. This separation of heaven and earth is a fundamental characteristic of the post-diluvian history. The throne of God is in the heavens, and the promise, which is given to the patriarchs on behalf of all mankind, does not refer to heaven, but to the possession of the earth (Psalm 37:22). The promise is as yet limited to this present world, whereas in the New Testament this limitation is removed and the κληρονομία embraces heaven and earth. This Old Testament limitedness finds further expression in Psalm 115:17, where דּוּמה, as in Psalm 94:17, signifies the silent land of Hades. The Old Testament knows nothing of a heavenly ecclesia that praises God without intermission, consisting not merely of angels, but also of the spirits of all men who die in the faith. Nevertheless there are not wanting hints that point upwards which were even better understood by the post-exilic than by the pre-exilic church. The New Testament morn began to dawn even upon the post-exilic church. We must not therefore be astonished to find the tone of Psalm 6:6; Psalm 30:10; Psalm 88:11-13, struck up here, although the echo of those earlier Psalms here is only the dark foil of the confession which the church makes in Psalm 115:18 concerning its immortality. The church of Jahve as such does not die. That it also does not remain among the dead, in whatever degree it may die off in its existing members, the psalmist might know from Isaiah 26:19; Isaiah 25:8. But the close of the Psalm shows that such predictions which light up the life beyond only gradually became elements of the church's consciousness, and, so to speak, dogmas.

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sorrows

Psalm 18:4-6 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid...

Psalm 88:6,7 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps...

Jonah 2:2,3 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice...

Mark 14:33-36 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy...

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh...

gat hold upon me. Heb. found me. I found

Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long...

Psalm 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

Isaiah 53:3,4 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him...

Cross References
Luke 21:20
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near.

2 Samuel 22:6
the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 18:4
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;

Psalm 18:5
the cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 40:12
For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.

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

Psalm 88:3
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.

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