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Psalms 78:31

    Psalms 78:31 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The wrath of God came on them, and put to death the fattest of them, and put an end to the young men of Israel.

    Webster's Revision

    When the anger of God went up against them, And slew of the fattest of them, And smote down the young 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 78:31

    The wrath of God came upon them - See Numbers 11:33.

    And slew the fattest of them - literally, "slew among their fat ones." That is, The most vigorous among them were cut down; the people most eminent for rank, for influence, for strength, for valor. How far this was the natural effect of indulgence in eating, and how far it was a direct miracle, cannot now be ascertained. In either case it would equally show the divine displeasure.

    And smote down - Margin, as in Hebrew, "made to bow." That is, they were made to bow in death.

    The chosen men of Israel - Margin, "Young men." The idea is that of select men; men that would be chosen from among the others; men distinguished for vigor or influence. Not the aged or the feeble particularly, not those who might be naturally expected to fall, but men of strength who might be supposed to be capable of resisting the ordinary attacks of disease. God showed in this way that the judgment came directly from his hand.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 78:31

    78:31 Mightiest - The most healthy and strong, who probably were most desirous of this food, and fed most eagerly upon it.