Psalm 124:3
New International Version
they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;

New Living Translation
They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger.

English Standard Version
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;

Berean Study Bible
when their anger flared against us, then they would have swallowed us alive,

King James Bible
Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

New King James Version
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us;

New American Standard Bible
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;

NASB 1995
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;

NASB 1977
Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us;

Amplified Bible
Then they would have [quickly] swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us;

Christian Standard Bible
then they would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger against us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
then they would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger against us.

American Standard Version
Then they had swallowed us up alive, When their wrath was kindled against us;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
They would have swallowed us alive, and when their rage was provoked upon us,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
verily they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us:

Contemporary English Version
would have killed us all, because it was furious.

Douay-Rheims Bible
perhaps they had swallowed us up alive. When their fury was enkindled against us,

English Revised Version
Then they had swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us:

Good News Translation
then they would have swallowed us alive in their furious anger against us;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
then they would have swallowed us alive when their anger exploded against us.

International Standard Version
then they would have devoured us alive, when their anger burned against us.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then they had swallowed us up alive, When their wrath was kindled against us;

Literal Standard Version
Then they had swallowed us alive, In the burning of their anger against us,

NET Bible
they would have swallowed us alive, when their anger raged against us.

New Heart English Bible
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;

World English Bible
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their wrath was kindled against us;

Young's Literal Translation
Then alive they had swallowed us up, In the burning of their anger against us,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Our Help is in the Name of the LORD
2if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us, 3when their anger flared against us, then they would have swallowed us alive, 4then the floods would have engulfed us, then the torrent would have overwhelmed us,…

Cross References
Genesis 39:19
When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, "This is what your slave did to me," he burned with anger.

Numbers 16:30
But if the LORD brings about something unprecedented, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them and all that belongs to them so that they go down alive into Sheol, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."

Psalm 18:4
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me.

Psalm 35:25
Let them not say in their hearts, "Aha, just what we wanted!" Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up!"

Psalm 56:1
Be merciful to me, O God, for men are hounding me; all day long they press their attack.

Psalm 56:2
My enemies pursue me all day long, for many proudly assail me.

Psalm 57:3
He reaches down from heaven and saves me; He rebukes those who trample me. Selah God sends forth His loving devotion and His truth.


Treasury of Scripture

Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

then they

Psalm 27:2
When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.

Psalm 35:25
Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

Psalm 56:1,2
To the chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath. Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me…

swallowed

Numbers 16:30-34
But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD…

Proverbs 1:12
Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit:

Jeremiah 51:34
Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.

their wrath

Psalm 76:10
Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee: the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.

1 Samuel 20:30-33
Then Saul's anger was kindled against Jonathan, and he said unto him, Thou son of the perverse rebellious woman, do not I know that thou hast chosen the son of Jesse to thine own confusion, and unto the confusion of thy mother's nakedness? …

Daniel 3:19
Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.









(3) Then.--Critics are at issue both as to the form and meaning of the word--whether it is an archaism or an aramaism, expressing time or logical sequence.

Swallowed . . . quick (alive).--No doubt an allusion to the fall of Korah (Numbers 16:32-33), where the same verb and adjective occur together. (See also Psalm 55:15.)

Verse 3. - Then they had swallowed us up quick; or, "alive." A common expression for sudden and complete destruction (comp. Psalm 56:2; Psalm 57:3; Proverbs 1:12; Lamentations 2:2, 5, 8, etc.). When their wrath was kindled against us; or, "blazed out against us." The comparison of anger to fire is an almost universal commonplace.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
when their anger
אַפָּ֣ם (’ap·pām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

flared
בַּחֲר֖וֹת (ba·ḥă·rō·wṯ)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2734: To glow, grow warm, to blaze up, of anger, zeal, jealousy

against us,
בָּֽנוּ׃ (bā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

then
אֲ֭זַי (’ă·zay)
Adverb
Strong's 233: Then, in that case

they would have swallowed
בְּלָע֑וּנוּ (bə·lā·‘ū·nū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common plural
Strong's 1104: To swallow down, swallow up, engulf

us alive,
חַיִּ֣ים (ḥay·yîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life


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