The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 118:12
They compassed me about like bees…
In great numbers F23;
as a swarm of bees, which, being irritated and provoked, will fly upon
persons in a body, and with great fury; to which the Amorites and the
Assyrian army were compared, (Deuteronomy 1:44) (Isaiah 7:18) . They will attack horses
and kill them, as Aristotle F24 says; and places besieged have been
delivered by throwing out hives of bees among the besiegers F25: and
yet as they are feeble creatures, so by striking they lose their sting;
and either die very quickly, or however become useless. All which
denotes the numbers of the enemies of David and of Christ, and of his
church and people, and the wrath and fury of them against them, as well
as their fruitless and unsuccessful attempts upon them; for though they
rage, what they contrive and endeavour to put in execution are vain
things, and in the issue end in their own ruin and destruction;
they are quenched as the fire of thorns;
which make a blaze, a noise,
for a while; but are soon consumed, and leave only a few ashes behind.
Wicked men are often compared to thorns, they being like them,
unfruitful in themselves, unprofitable to others, harmful to the
saints, and whose end is to be burnt; and whose destruction is certain
and sudden, and easily effected as the burning of thorns; see (Psalms 58:9)
(Ecclesiastes 7:6) . The Targum renders it,
``they burned as fire among thorns;''
which is easily kindled and soon quenched: and so the Septuagint,
Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions; as if it was expressive
of their wrath and fury, which was soon over; which agrees with what
or "but", or "verily" F26,
in the name of the Lord I will destroy them;
(See Gill on 118:10) and
(See Gill on 118:11).
F23 (hute eynea melissa wn) , Homer. Iliad. 2. v. 87, Vid. Virgil.
Aeneid. 12. v. 587.
F24 Hist. Animal. l. 9. c. 40.
F25 Vid. Dieteric. Antiqu. Biblic. p. 478.
F26 (yk) "sed", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "certe utique", Polus;
"quod certissime", Michaelis.