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Psalms 124:3

    Psalms 124:3 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    They would have made a meal of us while still living, in the heat of their wrath against us:

    Webster's Revision

    Then they had 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;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 124:3

    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.