Psalm 141:7
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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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Barnes' 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.

Psalm 141:7 Parallel Commentaries

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And 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." [1810] 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.
All the elect then, Theotimus, died in the habit of holy love; but further, some died even in the exercise of it, others for this love, and others by this same love. But what belongs to the sovereign degree of love is, that some die of love; and then it is that love not only wounds the soul, so as to make her languish, but even pierces her through, delivering its blow right in the middle of the heart, and so fatally, that it drives the soul out of the body;--which happens thus. The soul, powerfully
St. Francis de Sales—Treatise on the Love of God

Psalms
The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Numbers 16:32
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.

Numbers 16:33
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.

Psalm 53:5
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.

Psalm 69:15
May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.

Psalm 88:3
For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.

Psalm 129:3
"The plowers plowed upon my back; They lengthened their furrows."

Ezekiel 37:11
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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