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Psalms 124:3

 

 

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

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Then they had swallowed us up quick - There was no other help, and ruin - utter ruin - would have soon come upon us. The word quick here means alive; and the idea is derived from persons swallowed up in an earthquake, or by the opening of the earth, as in the case of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numbers 16:32-33. Compare Psalm 106:17. The meaning here is, that they would have been destroyed as if they were swallowed up by the opening of the earth; that is, there would have been complete destruction.

When their wrath was kindled against us - Hebrew, In the kindling of their wrath against us. Wrath is often represented in the Scriptures as burning or heated - as that which consumes all before it.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-124.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Then they had swallowed us up quick,.... Or "alive"; as the earth swallowed up Korah and his company; or as the fish swallowed up Jonah; or rather as ravenous beasts swallow their prey; to which the allusion is. The people of God are comparable to sheep and lambs, and such like innocent creatures: and the wicked to lions, tigers, wolves, bears, and such like beasts of prey that devour living creatures;

when their wrath was kindled against us; which is cruel and outrageous; there is no standing against it, nor before it; it is like a fierce flame of fire that burns furiously, and there is no stopping it; none but God can restrain it.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-124.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

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

(b) So unable were we to resist.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-124.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Then — that is, the time of our danger.

quick — literally, “living” (Numbers 16:32, Numbers 16:33), description of ferocity.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-124.html. 1871-8.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

When he says, (Psalms 124:3,) They had swallowed us up alive, (78) he not only expresses barbarous cruelty, but also disproportion of strength. He describes then in the first place how violent was the onset of the enemy, and secondly, how feeble and inadequate the Jews were to withstand them, since these cruel beasts had no need of swords for slaughter, but without a battle or an effort of strength, could easily devour that unwarlike and defenceless flock.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-124.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Psalms 124:3 Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:

Ver. 3. Then had they swallowed us up quick] As the great fish do the little ones, as hungry lions, or wolves, ravin up their prey. Ptolemy Lathurus, king of Egypt, slew thirty thousand Jews, and compelled the living to feed upon the dead. Adrian the emperor made a decree, that he who had not slain a Jew should himself be slain (Gualth Praef. in Marc. R. Obad. Gaon in Psalms 124:1-8).

When their wrath was kindled against us] Heb. in the flagrancies or inflammations of their anger.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". John Trapp Complete Commentary. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-124.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

They had swallowed us up quick; they had speedily and utterly destroyed us, as Korah, &c. were, Num 16.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-124.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

3. Swallowed us up quick—Literally, Swallowed us up alive. The allusion seems to be to Korah and his company, (Numbers 16:30,) “If the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth and swallow them up… and they go down alive into the pit.” See also Psalms 55:15; Psalms 69:15


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-124.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Rod. Sceptre, or violent dominion, Isaias x. 5. --- That, Or "therefore." (Interp. in St. Chrysostom) God always concludes his threats with promises of pardon to the penitent, 1 Corinthians x. 13. (Calmet --- He tries his servants for their good, and will not abandon them. (Worthington) --- The captivity lasted only 70 years: the ten persecutions of the Christian Church were terminated in 300 years; and though the wicked should even put the just to death, then their rod remains no longer upon them. If the virtuous were always suffering, the temptation might be too strong. But those who are sincere, at last emerge from the cloud, and force their enemies to applaud their conduct. (Berthier)


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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-124.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

quick = alive.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-124.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

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

Then they had swallowed us up quick - i:e., alive, as in Psalms 55:15; Proverbs 1:12. They thought to swallow us up; but it is themselves who shall be swallowed up in their native earth: as Korah and his company were swallowed up alive (Numbers 16:32-33). David used a similar Hebrew term and thought in Psalms 56:2; Psalms 57:3.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-124.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(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 Psalms 55:15.)


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-124.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
Then they
27:2; 35:25; 56:1,2; 57:3; 74:8; 83:4; Esther 3:6,12,13
swallowed
Numbers 16:30-34; Proverbs 1:12; Jeremiah 51:34; Jonah 1:17
their wrath
76:10; 1 Samuel 20:30-33; Daniel 3:19; Matthew 2:16; Acts 9:2

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 124:3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-124.html.

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