Psalm 124:3

3 they would have swallowed us alive when their anger flared against us;

Read Psalm 124:3 Using Other Translations

Then they had swallowed us up quick, when their wrath was kindled against us:
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us;
They would have swallowed us alive in their burning anger.

What does Psalm 124:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 124:3

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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