New American Standard Bible
As when one plows and breaks open the earth, Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
King James Bible
Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
Darby Bible Translation
Our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol, as when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth.
World English Bible
"As when one plows and breaks up the earth, our bones are scattered at the mouth of Sheol."
Young's Literal Translation
As one tilling and ripping up in the land, Have our bones been scattered at the command of Saul.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Our bones are scattered at the grave's mouth - We are, indeed, now like bones scattered in the places of graves; we seem to be weak, feeble, disorganized. We are in a condition which of itself seems to be hopeless: as hopeless as it would be for dry bones scattered when they were buried to rise up and attack an enemy. The reference is to the condition of David and his followers as pursued by a mighty foe. His hope was not in his own forces, but in the power and interposition of God Psalm 141:8.
As when one cutteth and cleaveth wood upon the earth - Like chips, blocks, splinters, that have no strength; as when these lie scattered around - a fit emblem of our feeble and scattered forces.
LibraryAnd Lest it Should Seem that Necessary Continence was to be Hoped for From...
2. And lest it should seem that necessary Continence was to be hoped for from the Lord only in respect of the lust of the lower parts of the flesh, it is also sung in the Psalm; "Set, O Lord, a watch to my mouth, and a door of Continence around my lips."  But in this witness of the divine speech, if we understand "mouth" as we ought to understand it, we perceive how great a gift of God Continence there set is. Forsooth it is little to contain the mouth of the body, lest any thing burst forth …
St. Augustine—On Continence
How Some of the Heavenly Lovers Died Also of Love.
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.
So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
There they were in great fear where no fear had been; For God scattered the bones of him who encamped against you; You put them to shame, because God had rejected them.
May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.
For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.
"The plowers plowed upon my back; They lengthened their furrows."
Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel; behold, they say, 'Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off.'
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