New International Version
Terrors overtake him like a flood; a tempest snatches him away in the night.
King James Bible
Terrors take hold on him as waters, a tempest stealeth him away in the night.
Darby Bible Translation
Terrors overtake him like waters; a whirlwind stealeth him away in the night.
World English Bible
Terrors overtake him like waters. A storm steals him away in the night.
Young's Literal Translation
Overtake him as waters do terrors, By night stolen him away hath a whirlwind.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Terrors take hold on him as waters - They come upon him as an irresistible flood; and he is overwhelmed as by a tempest in the night, when darkness partly hides his danger, and deprives him of discerning the way to escape.
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LibraryThe Touchstone of Godly Sincerity
Who, then, is this "wicked man," thus portrayed before us? And what are the first symptoms of his depravity? We ask not the question idly, but in order that we take heed against the uprise of such an evil in ourselves. "Beneath the saintly veil the votary of sin May lurk unseen; and to that eye alone Which penetrates the heart, may stand revealed." The hypocrite is very often an exceedingly neat imitation of the Christian. To the common observer he is so good a counterfeit that he entirely escapes …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871
Wesley in St. Albans Abbey
Terrifying sounds fill his ears; when all seems well, marauders attack him.
Like a dream he flies away, no more to be found, banished like a vision of the night.
"Yet they are foam on the surface of the water; their portion of the land is cursed, so that no one goes to the vineyards.
They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand.
Yet you sweep people away in the sleep of death-- they are like the new grass of the morning:
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