Psalm 74:5
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English Standard Version
They were like those who swing axes in a forest of trees.

King James Bible
A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

American Standard Version
They seemed as men that lifted up Axes upon a thicket of trees.

Douay-Rheims Bible
and they knew not both in the going out and on the highest top. As with axes in a wood of trees,

English Revised Version
They seemed as men that lifted up axes upon a thicket of trees.

Webster's Bible Translation
A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The poet here once more gives expression to the great opposites into which good fortune and misfortune are seemingly, but only seemingly, divided in a manner so contradictory to the divine justice. The central point of the confirmation that is introduced with כּי lies in Psalm 73:28. "Thy far removing ones" was to be expressed with רחק, which is distinct from רחוק. זנה has מן instead of מתּחת or מאחרי after it. Those who remove themselves far from the primary fountain of life fall a prey to ruin; those who faithlessly abandon God, and choose the world with its idols rather than His love, fall a prey to destruction. Not so the poet; the nearness of God, i.e., a state of union with God, is good to him, i.e., (cf. Psalm 119:71.) he regards as his good fortune. קרבה is nom. act. after the form יקהה, Arab. waqhat, obedience, and נצּרה, a watch, Psalm 141:3, and of essentially the same signification with ḳurba (קרבה), the Arabic designation of the unio mystica; cf. James 4:8, ἐγγίσατε τῷ Θεῷ καὶ ἐγγιεῖ ὑμῖν. Just as קרבת אלהים stands in antithesis to רחקיך, so לי טּוב stands in antithesis to יאבדו and הצמתה. To the former their alienation from God brings destruction; he finds in fellowship with God that which is good to him for the present time and for the future. Putting his confidence (מחסּי, not מחסי) in Him, he will declare, and will one day be able to declare, all His מלאכות, i.e., the manifestations or achievements of His righteous, gracious, and wise government. The language of assertion is quickly changed into that of address. The Psalm closes with an upward look of grateful adoration to God beforehand, who leads His own people, ofttimes wondrously indeed, but always happily, viz., through suffering to glory.

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1 Kings 5:6 Now therefore command you that they hew me cedar trees out of Lebanon; and my servants shall be with your servants...

2 Chronicles 2:14 The son of a woman of the daughters of Dan, and his father was a man of Tyre, skillful to work in gold, and in silver, in brass...

Jeremiah 46:22,23 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood...

Cross References
Isaiah 64:11
Our holy and beautiful house, where our fathers praised you, has been burned by fire, and all our pleasant places have become ruins.

Jeremiah 46:22
"She makes a sound like a serpent gliding away; for her enemies march in force and come against her with axes like those who fell trees.

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