New American Standard Bible
Let their way be dark and slippery, With the angel of the LORD pursuing them.
King James Bible
Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.
Darby Bible Translation
Let their way be dark and slippery, and let the angel of Jehovah pursue them.
World English Bible
Let their way be dark and slippery, Yahweh's angel pursuing them.
Young's Literal Translation
Their way is darkness and slipperiness, And a messenger of Jehovah their pursuer.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let their way be dark - Margin, as in Hebrew: "darkness." That is, let them not be able to see where they go; what danger they incur; what is before them. The idea is that of persons who wander in the night, not knowing what is before them, or what danger may be near. The succession of images and figures here is terrific. The representation is that of persons scattered as the chaff is before the wind; pursued by the angel seeking vengeance; and driven along a dark and slippery path, with no guide, and no knowledge as to the precipices which may be before them, or the enemies that may be pressing upon them.
And slippery - Margin, as in Hebrew: "slipperiness." This is a circumstance which adds increased terror to the image. It is not only a dark road, but a road made slippery by rains; a road where they are in danger every moment of sliding down a precipice where they will be destroyed.
And let the angel of the Lord persecute them - Pursue or follow them. The word "persecute" we use now in the sense of subjecting one to pain, torture, or privation, on account of his religious opinions. This is not the meaning of the word used here. It is simply to "follow" or "pursue." The image is that of the avenging angel following on, or pursuing them in this dark and slippery way; a flight in a dark and dangerous path, with a destroying angel close in the rear.
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Surely You set them in slippery places; You cast them down to destruction.
"Therefore their way will be like slippery paths to them, They will be driven away into the gloom and fall down in it; For I will bring calamity upon them, The year of their punishment," declares the LORD.
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