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

New Living Translation
The ropes of death entangled me; floods of destruction swept over me.

English Standard Version
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of destruction assailed me;

Berean Study Bible
The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me.

New American Standard Bible
The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me.

King James Bible
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

Christian Standard Bible
The ropes of death were wrapped around me; the torrents of destruction terrified me.

Contemporary English Version
Death had wrapped its ropes around me, and I was almost swallowed by its flooding waters.

Good News Translation
The danger of death was all around me; the waves of destruction rolled over me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The ropes of death were wrapped around me; the torrents of destruction terrified me.

International Standard Version
The cords of death entangled me; the rivers of Belial made me afraid.

NET Bible
The waves of death engulfed me, the currents of chaos overwhelmed me.

New Heart English Bible
The cords of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the destructions of death surrounded me and the torrents of evil ones troubled me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The ropes of death had become tangled around me. The torrents of destruction had overwhelmed me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The cords of Death compassed me, And the floods of Belial assailed me.

New American Standard 1977
The cords of death encompassed me, And the torrents of ungodliness terrified me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The pain of death compassed me, and the rivers of Belial made me afraid.

King James 2000 Bible
The sorrows of death surrounded me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

American King James Version
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

American Standard Version
The cords of death compassed me, And the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
The pangs of death compassed me, and the torrents of ungodliness troubled me exceedingly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The sorrows of death surrounded me: and the torrents of iniquity troubled me.

Darby Bible Translation
The bands of death encompassed me, and torrents of Belial made me afraid.

English Revised Version
The cords of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Webster's Bible Translation
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

World English Bible
The cords of death surrounded me. The floods of ungodliness made me afraid.

Young's Literal Translation
Compassed me have cords of death, And streams of the worthless make me afraid.
Study Bible
The LORD is My Rock
3I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies. 4The cords of death encompassed me; the torrents of chaos overwhelmed me. 5The cords of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.…
Cross References
Luke 21:20
But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that her desolation is near.

Psalm 55:4
My heart murmurs within me, and the terrors of death assail me.

Psalm 69:2
I have sunk into the miry depths, where there is no footing; I have drifted into deep waters, where the flood engulfs me.

Psalm 116:3
The ropes of death entangled me, and the anguish of Sheol overcame me; I was confronted by trouble and sorrow.

Psalm 124:3
when their anger flared against us, then they would have swallowed us alive,

Psalm 124:4
then the floods would have engulfed us, the torrent would have overwhelmed us,

Isaiah 17:12
Alas, the tumult of many peoples--they rage like the roaring seas; the uproar of the nations--they rumble like the crashing of mighty waters.

Jeremiah 51:55
For the LORD will destroy Babylon; He will silence her mighty voice. The waves will roar like great waters; the tumult of their voice will resound.

Jonah 2:2
saying: "In my distress I called to the LORD and He answered me. From the belly of Sheol I called for help, and You heard my voice.

Treasury of Scripture

The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.

sorrows

Psalm 116:3
The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

2 Samuel 22:5,6
When the waves of death compassed me, the floods of ungodly men made me afraid; …

Isaiah 13:8
And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

floods

Psalm 22:12,13,16
Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round…

Jonah 2:2-7
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice…

Matthew 26:47,55
And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people…

ungodly men [Heb.







Lexicon
The cords
חֶבְלֵי־ (ḥeḇ·lê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 2256: A rope, a measuring line, a district, inheritance, a noose, a company, a throe, ruin

of death
מָ֑וֶת (mā·weṯ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin

encompassed me;
אֲפָפ֥וּנִי (’ă·p̄ā·p̄ū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 661: To surround, encompass

the torrents
וְֽנַחֲלֵ֖י (wə·na·ḥă·lê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5158: A stream, a winter torrent, a, valley, a shaft

of chaos
בְלִיַּ֣עַל (ḇə·lî·ya·‘al)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1100: Without profit, worthlessness, destruction, wickedness

overwhelmed me.
יְבַֽעֲתֽוּנִי׃ (yə·ḇa·‘ă·ṯū·nî)
Verb - Piel - Imperfect - third person masculine plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1204: To fall upon, startle, terrify
(4) The sorrows of death.--The Hebrew word may mean either birth pangs (LXX. and Acts 2:24, where see Note, New Testament Commentary), or cords. The figure of the hunter in the next verse, "the snares of death," determines its meaning there to be cords (see margin). It is best, therefore, to keep the same rendering here: but there can be little doubt that the version in Samuel, breakers, or waves, is the true one, from the parallelism--

"Waves of death compassed me,

And billows of Belial terrified me."

For Belial, see Deuteronomy 13:13. Here the parallelism fixes its meaning, "ruin." For the ideas of peril and destruction, connected by the Hebrews with waves and floods, comp. Psalm 18:16, also Psalm 32:6; Psalm 42:7; Psalm 69:1. Doubtless the tradition of the Flood and of the Red Sea helped to strengthen the apprehensions natural in a country where the river annually overflowed its banks. and where a dry ravine might at any moment become a dangerous flood. The hatred of the sea arose from quite another cause--viz., the dread of it as a highway for invasion.

Verse 4. - The sorrows of death compassed me. Here begins the narrative of David's sufferings in the past. "'The sorrows' - or rather, 'the cords' - of death," he says, "encompassed me," or "coiled around me" (Kay). Death is represented as a hunter, who goes out with nets and cords, encompassing his victims and driving them into the toils. David's recollection is probably of the time when he was "hunted upon the mountains" by Saul (1 Samuel 26:20), and expected continually to be caught and put to death (1 Samuel 19:1; 1 Samuel 23:15; 1 Samuel 27:1). And the floods of ungodlymen made me afraid; literally, the torrents of Belial, or of ungodliness. The LXX. have χείμαῥῤοι, ἀνομίας. Streams of ungodly men, the myrmidons of Saul, cut him off from escape. 18:1-19 The first words, I will love thee, O Lord, my strength, are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly love God, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may with confidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all the circumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and his goodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was found a prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as he did. God's manifestation of his presence is very fully described, ver. 7-15. Little appeared of man, but much of God, in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to the history of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, and stupendous words which are used through this description of the Divine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrors tells us, a greater than David is here. God will not only deliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but he will bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can we meditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemane and Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ's deepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook, when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father's love were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him? The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed, Heb 5:7. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and the rocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection, because he delighted in him and in his undertaking.
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