To 'prevent' in the Eng. of AV is to 'be before,' 'anticipate,' 'forestall,' as Ps 119:147 'I prevented the dawning of the morning and cried' (Amer. Revision has 'anticipated' here, but the Eng. Revisers retain 'prevented'). Sometimes it is to forestall for one's good, as Ps 59:10 'The God of my mercy shall prevent me'; and sometimes for one's hurt, as Ps 18:5 'The snares of death prevented me'; but the mod. idea of merely 'hindering' never occurs in AV.