New International Version
The cords of the grave coiled around me; the snares of death confronted me.
King James Bible
The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.
Darby Bible Translation
The bands of Sheol surrounded me, the cords of death encountered me.
World English Bible
The cords of Sheol were around me. The snares of death came on me.
Young's Literal Translation
Cords of Sheol have surrounded me, Before me have been snares of death.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sorrows of hell - חבלי שאול chebley sheol, the cables or cords of the grave. Is not this a reference to the cords or ropes with which they lowered the corpse into the grave? or the bandages by which the dead were swathed? He was as good as dead.
The snares of death prevented me - I was just on the point of dropping into the pit which they had digged for me. In short, I was all but a dead man; and nothing less than the immediate interference of God could have saved my life.
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"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.
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.
My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death have fallen on me.
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.
He said: "In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. From deep in the realm of the dead I called for help, and you listened to my cry.
To the roots of the mountains I sank down; the earth beneath barred me in forever. But you, LORD my God, brought my life up from the pit.
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