Psalm 118:12
New International Version
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were consumed as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them down.

New Living Translation
They swarmed around me like bees; they blazed against me like a crackling fire. But I destroyed them all with the authority of the LORD.

English Standard Version
They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off!

Berean Study Bible
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were extinguished like burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off.

King James Bible
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

New King James Version
They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

New American Standard Bible
They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished like a fire of thorn bushes; In the name of the LORD I will certainly fend them off.

NASB 1995
They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

NASB 1977
They surrounded me like bees; They were extinguished as a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

Amplified Bible
They swarmed around me like bees; They flare up and are extinguished like a fire of thorns; In the name of the LORD I will surely cut them off.

Christian Standard Bible
They surrounded me like bees; they were extinguished like a fire among thorns; in the name of the LORD I destroyed them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They surrounded me like bees; they were extinguished like a fire among thorns; in the name of Yahweh I destroyed them.

American Standard Version
They compassed me about like bees; They are quenched as the fire of thorns: In the name of Jehovah I will cut them off.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They surrounded me like wasps and were extinguished like a grass fire, and in The Name of LORD JEHOVAH I destroyed them!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
They compassed me about as bees do a honeycomb, and they burst into flame as fire among thorns: but in the name of the Lord I repulsed them.

Contemporary English Version
They swarmed around like bees, but by the power of the LORD, I got rid of them and their fiery sting.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They surrounded me like bees, and they burned like fire among thorns: and in the name of the Lord I was revenged on them

English Revised Version
They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.

Good News Translation
They swarmed around me like bees, but they burned out as quickly as a brush fire; by the power of the LORD I destroyed them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They swarmed around me like bees, but they were extinguished like burning thornbushes. [So armed] with the name of the LORD, I defeated them.

International Standard Version
They surrounded me like bees; but they will be extinguished like burning thorns. In the name of the LORD I will defeat them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They compass me about like bees; They are quenched as the fire of thorns; Verily, in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.

Literal Standard Version
They surrounded me as bees, "" They have been extinguished as a fire of thorns, "" In the Name of YHWH I surely cut them off.

NET Bible
They surrounded me like bees. But they disappeared as quickly as a fire among thorns. Indeed, in the name of the LORD I pushed them away.

New Heart English Bible
They surrounded me like bees. They blazed like a fire among thorns. In the name of the LORD I cut them off.

World English Bible
They surrounded me like bees. They are quenched like the burning thorns. In the name of Yahweh I cut them off.

Young's Literal Translation
They compassed me about as bees, They have been extinguished as a fire of thorns, In the name of Jehovah I surely cut them off.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Give Thanks to the LORD, for He is Good
11They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off. 12They swarmed around me like bees, but they were extinguished like burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off. 13I was pushed so hard I was falling, but the LORD helped me.…

Cross References
Luke 21:20
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near.

Deuteronomy 1:44
Then the Amorites who lived in the hills came out against you and chased you like a swarm of bees. They routed you from Seir all the way to Hormah.

Psalm 58:9
Before your pots can feel the burning thorns--whether green or dry--He will sweep them away.

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This too is futile.

Isaiah 43:17
who brings out the chariots and horses, the armies and warriors together, to lie down, never to rise again; to be extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:

Nahum 1:10
For they will be entangled as with thorns and consumed like the drink of a drunkard--like stubble that is fully dry.


Treasury of Scripture

They compassed me about like bees: they are quenched as the fire of thorns: for in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.

like bees

Deuteronomy 1:44
And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.

quenched

Psalm 83:14,15
As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire; …

Ecclesiastes 7:6
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Isaiah 27:4
Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.

in the name

Psalm 8:9
O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Psalm 20:1,5
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; …

1 Samuel 17:45
Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

destroy them.









(12) Like bees.--The image of the "bees" may be derived from Deuteronomy 1:44 (comp. Isaiah 7:18), but the LXX. suggest that the poet employed an original and far more expressive image, for they read, "as bees surround the comb." Possibly the word comb dropped out of the Hebrew text, because the copyist was thinking of Deuteronomy 1:44.

The fire of thorns.--See Psalm 58:9, Note. The rapidity with which a fire made of thorns burns gives the point of the comparison. The LXX. and Vulg. gave this more plainly by rendering, "they burnt out like a fire in thorns." Shakespeare may have had this verse in his thought when he wrote:

"Shallow jesters and rash bavin (i.e., brushwood) wit,

Soon kindled and soon burnt."--King Henry IV.

Verse 12. - They compassed me about like bees; i.e. in vast numbers, and with intense energy, and a furious desire to injure (comp. Deuteronomy 1:44; and the powerful description of Virgil, 'Georg.,' 4:236-238). They are quenched as the fire of thorns. Their fury dies away and goes out suddenly, like a fire kindled among thorns, which blazes up with vast heat and noise, but in a short time dies down and disappears. For in the Name of the Lord I will destroy them (see the comment on ver. 11).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
They swarmed around me
סַבּ֤וּנִי (sab·bū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's 5437: To turn about, go around, surround

like bees;
כִדְבוֹרִ֗ים (ḵiḏ·ḇō·w·rîm)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 1682: The bee

they were extinguished
דֹּ֭עֲכוּ (dō·‘ă·ḵū)
Verb - Pual - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 1846: To be extinguished, to expire, be dried up

like a fire
כְּאֵ֣שׁ (kə·’êš)
Preposition-k | Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 784: A fire

of thorns;
קוֹצִ֑ים (qō·w·ṣîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 6975: A thorn, thornbush

in the name
בְּשֵׁ֥ם (bə·šêm)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8034: A name

of the LORD
יְ֝הוָ֗ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

I will surely
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

cut them off.
אֲמִילַֽם׃ (’ă·mî·lam)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's 4135: To cut short, curtail, to blunt, to destroy


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