New International Version
He is torn from the security of his tent and marched off to the king of terrors.
King James Bible
His confidence shall be rooted out of his tabernacle, and it shall bring him to the king of terrors.
Darby Bible Translation
His confidence shall be rooted out of his tent, and it shall lead him away to the king of terrors:
World English Bible
He shall be rooted out of his tent where he trusts. He shall be brought to the king of terrors.
Young's Literal Translation
Drawn from his tent is his confidence, And it causeth him to step to the king of terrors.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
His confidence shall be rooted out - His dwelling-place, how well soever fortified, shah now he deemed utterly insecure.
And it shall bring him to the king of terrors - Or, as Mr. Good translates, "And dissolution shall invade him as a monarch." He shall be completely and finally overpowered. The phrase king of terrors has been generally thought to mean death; but it is not used in any such way in the text. For למלך בלהות lemelech ballahoth, to the king of destructions, one of De Rossi's MSS. has כמלך kemelech, "as a king;" and one, instead of בלהות ballahoth, with ו vau holem, to indicate the plural, terrors or destructions, has בלהות ballahuth, with ו vau shurek, which is singular, and signifies terror, destruction. So the Vulgate seems to have read, as it translates, Et calcet super eum, quasi rex, interitis; "And shall tread upon him as a king or destroyer. Or as a king who is determined utterly to destroy him." On this verse the bishop of Killala, Dr. Stock, says, "I am sorry to part with a beautiful phrase in our common version, the king of terrors, as descriptive of death; but there is no authority for it in the Hebrew text." It may however be stated that death has been denominated by similar epithets both among the Greeks and Romans.
So Virgil, Aen. vi., ver. 100. -
Quando hic inferni janua regi Dicitur.
"The gates of the king of hell are reported to be here."
And Ovid, Metam. lib. v., ver. 356, 359.
Inde tremit tellus: et rex pavit ipse silentum.
Hanc metuens cladem, tenebrosa sede tyrannus Exierat.
"Earth's inmost bowels quake, and nature groans;
His terrors reach the direful King of Hell.
Fearing this destruction, the tyrant left hisgloomy court."
And in Sophocles, (Oedip. Colon., ver. 1628, edit. Johnson).
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LibraryWhether the Fire of Hell is Beneath the Earth?
Objection 1: It would seem that this fire is not beneath the earth. For it is said of the damned (Job 18:18), "And God shall remove him out of the globe [Douay: 'world']." Therefore the fire whereby the damned will be punished is not beneath the earth but outside the globe. Objection 2: Further, nothing violent or accidental can be everlasting. But this fire will be in hell for ever. Therefore it will be there, not by force but naturally. Now fire cannot be under the earth save by violence. Therefore …
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Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more."
Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.
The light in his tent becomes dark; the lamp beside him goes out.
He pulls it out of his back, the gleaming point out of his liver. Terrors will come over him;
The house he builds is like a moth's cocoon, like a hut made by a watchman.
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