Psalm 78:31
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New International Version
God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.

New Living Translation
the anger of God rose against them, and he killed their strongest men. He struck down the finest of Israel's young men.

English Standard Version
the anger of God rose against them, and he killed the strongest of them and laid low the young men of Israel.

Berean Study Bible
God’s anger flared against them, and He put to death their strongest and subdued the young men of Israel.

New American Standard Bible
The anger of God rose against them And killed some of their stoutest ones, And subdued the choice men of Israel.

King James Bible
The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

Christian Standard Bible
God's anger flared up against them, and he killed some of their best men. He struck down Israel's fit young men.

Contemporary English Version
God became angry and killed the strongest and best from the families of Israel.

Good News Translation
when God became angry with them and killed their strongest men, the best young men of Israel.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God's anger flared up against them, and He killed some of their best men. He struck down Israel's choice young men.

International Standard Version
the anger of God flared against them, and he killed the strongest men and humbled Israel's young men.

NET Bible
when the anger of God flared up against them. He killed some of the strongest of them; he brought the young men of Israel to their knees.

New Heart English Bible
when the anger of God went up against them, killed some of the fattest of them, and struck down the young men of Israel.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The wrath of God went up among them and he killed some of their rich and he prostrated the Elect Ones of Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
the anger of God flared up against them. He killed their strongest men and slaughtered the best young men in Israel.

JPS Tanakh 1917
When the anger of God went up against them, And slew of the lustieth among them, And smote down the young men of Israel.

New American Standard 1977
The anger of God rose against them, And killed some of their stoutest ones, And subdued the choice men of Israel.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the wrath of God came upon them and slew the fattest of them and smote down the chosen of Israel.

King James 2000 Bible
The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the strongest of them, and struck down the chosen men of Israel.

American King James Version
The wrath of God came on them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

American Standard Version
When the anger of God went up against them, And slew of the fattest of them, And smote down the young men of Israel.

Douay-Rheims Bible
and the wrath of God came upon them. And he slew the fat ones amongst them, and brought down the chosen men of Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
When the anger of God went up against them; and he slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

English Revised Version
When the anger of God went up against them, and slew of the fattest of them, and smote down the young men of Israel.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

World English Bible
when the anger of God went up against them, killed some of the fattest of them, and struck down the young men of Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
And the anger of God hath gone up against them, And He slayeth among their fat ones, And youths of Israel He caused to bend.
Study Bible
I Will Open My Mouth in Parables
30Yet before they had filled their desire, with the food still in their mouths, 31God’s anger flared against them, and He put to death their strongest and subdued the young men of Israel. 32In spite of all this, they kept on sinning; despite His wonderful works, they did not believe.…
Cross References
Numbers 11:33
But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the LORD's anger burned against the people, and the LORD struck them with a severe plague.

Numbers 11:34
So they called that place Kibroth-hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food.

Job 20:23
When he has filled his stomach, God will vent His fury upon him, raining it down on him as he eats.

Isaiah 10:16
Therefore the Lord GOD of Hosts will send a wasting disease among Assyria's stout warriors, and under his pomp will be kindled a fire like a burning flame.

Treasury of Scripture

The wrath of God came on them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.

smote down. Heb. made to bow
chosen men. or, young men.







(31) Slew the fattest.--This may mean either the strongest or the noblest.

Verse 31. - The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them (comp. Numbers 11:33, "While the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague"). By "the fattest of them," we are to understand the strongest and healthiest. And smote down the chosen men of Israel; rather, the young men, as in the margin, "the ripened youths" (Cheyne). Here, again, the author adds touches which he has not obtained from the Pentateuch. The wrath of God came upon them,.... Either by causing fire to come down from heaven, or by suffering them to be surfeited by excessive eating, or by sending a plague among them; see Numbers 11:33,

and slew the fattest of them; such perhaps who had been most guilty of the sin of gluttony, and had fed the most inordinately upon the flesh that was sent them; or this designs the chief among their princes and nobles, though not only them, but them as well as the common people; so the Targum,

"and slew their mighty ones:''

or the words may be rendered, "and slew them among their fatness", or "fat things" (o); while they were feeding on their feast of fat things, the fat quails, which were brought among them, in such plenty; for the quail is a very fat bird, as Kimchi observes (p):

and smote down the chosen men of Israel; or the young men, as the Targum, who were within the twentieth and fiftieth year of their age; who were chosen and fit for war within that time, as well as were the choicest for comeliness, strength, and service; or "made" them "to bow" (q) to death and the grave; whose power they could not withstand, though in the prime and vigour of youth, and while they were freely and heartily feeding upon the food they lusted after.

(o) "in opimis ipsorum", Cocceius; "inter pinguedines eorum", Michaelis. (p) In Sepher Shorashim, rad. (q) "incurvavit", Pagninus, Montanus. 31. slew … fattest—or, "among the fattest"; some of them—

chosen—the young and strong (Isa 40:31), and so none could resist.78:9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart. Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to his laws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodness and man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings and distrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believe the power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of his indignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation as their happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in the way to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, and knock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; and our distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. He expressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denying what they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them. Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust, will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed, that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, nor broken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to be in trouble still. And the reason why we live with so little comfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live by faith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but they were not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel's history we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God's patience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to harden their hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms is much the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attended to, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higher advantages have not kept churches from declining from the commandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that for many a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When they come to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience and mercy in bringing them to his kingdom!
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