Ps 18:4

18:4 cords of death. The tentacles of death rise up from Sheol, the underworld, to drag the psalmist down.

torrents of destruction. The powers of evil and death are frequently likened to an overwhelming flood (Is. 28:15, 17, 18; Matt. 16:18; Ps. 46:2 note; 69:1, 2 notes).