Psalm 116:3
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New International Version
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.

King James Bible
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Darby Bible Translation
The bands of death encompassed me, and the anguish of Sheol took hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow:

World English Bible
The cords of death surrounded me, the pains of Sheol got a hold of me. I found trouble and sorrow.

Young's Literal Translation
Compassed me have cords of death, And straits of Sheol have found me, Distress and sorrow I find.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The sorrows of death - חבלי מות chebley maveth, the cables or cords of death; alluding to their bonds and fetters during their captivity; or to the cords by which a criminal is bound who is about to be led out to execution; or to the bandages in which the dead were enveloped, when head, arms, body, and limbs were all laced down together.

The pains of hell - מצרי שאול metsarey sheol the straitnesses of the grave. So little expectation was there of life, that he speaks as if he were condemned, executed, and closed up in the tomb. Or, he may refer here to the small niches in cemeteries, where the coffins of the dead were placed.

Because this Psalm has been used in the thanksgiving of women after safe delivery, it has been supposed that the pain suffered in the act of parturition was equal for the time to the torments of the damned. But this supposition is shockingly absurd; the utmost power of human nature could not, for a moment, endure the wrath of God, the deathless worm, and the unquenchable fire. The body must die, be decomposed, and be built up on indestructible principles, before this punishment can be borne.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

sorrows

Psalm 18:4-6 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid...

Psalm 88:6,7 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps...

Jonah 2:2,3 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice...

Mark 14:33-36 And he takes with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy...

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh...

gat hold upon me. Heb. found me. I found

Psalm 32:3,4 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long...

Psalm 38:6 I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

Isaiah 53:3,4 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him...

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Requiting God
'What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me? 13. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.'--PSALM cxvi. 12, 13. There may possibly be a reference here to a part of the Passover ritual. It seems to have become the custom in later times to lift high the wine cup at that feast and drink it with solemn invocation and glad thanksgiving. So we find our Lord taking the cup--the 'cup of blessing' as Paul calls it--and giving thanks. But as there is no record
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Prayer Answered, Love Nourished
"Oh the transporting, rapturous scene That rises to my sight! Sweet fields arrayed in living green, And rivers of delight. Filled with delight my raptured soul Would here no longer stay, Though Jordan's waves around me roll, Fearless I'd launch away." Yet nevertheless the Christian may do well sometimes to look backward; he may look back to the hole of the pit and the miry clay whence he was digged--the retrospect will help him to be humble, it will urge him to be faithful. He may look back with
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859

That we must not Believe Everyone, and that we are Prone to Fall in Our Words
Lord, be thou my help in trouble, for vain is the help of man.(1) How often have I failed to find faithfulness, where I thought I possessed it. How many times I have found it where I least expected. Vain therefore is hope in men, but the salvation of the just, O God, is in Thee. Blessed be thou, O Lord my God, in all things which happen unto us. We are weak and unstable, we are quickly deceived and quite changed. 2. Who is the man who is able to keep himself so warily and circumspectly as not
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ

But Some Man Will Say, Would Then those Midwives and Rahab have done Better...
34. But some man will say, Would then those midwives and Rahab have done better if they had shown no mercy, by refusing to lie? Nay verily, those Hebrew women, if they were such as that sort of persons of whom we ask whether they ought ever to tell a lie, would both eschew to say aught false, and would most frankly refuse that foul service of killing the babes. But, thou wilt say, themselves would die. Yea, but see what follows. They would die with an heavenly habitation for their incomparably more
St. Augustine—Against Lying

Cross References
Luke 21:20
"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.

2 Samuel 22:6
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 18:4
The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.

Psalm 18:5
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.

Psalm 40:12
For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.

Psalm 55:4
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.

Psalm 88:3
I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.

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