Isaiah 38:18
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New International Version
For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

New Living Translation
For the dead cannot praise you; they cannot raise their voices in praise. Those who go down to the grave can no longer hope in your faithfulness.

English Standard Version
For Sheol does not thank you; death does not praise you; those who go down to the pit do not hope for your faithfulness.

New American Standard Bible
"For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.

King James Bible
For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For Sheol cannot thank You; Death cannot praise You. Those who go down to the Pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.

International Standard Version
For Sheol cannot thank you, death cannot sing your praise; and those who go down to the Pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

NET Bible
Indeed Sheol does not give you thanks; death does not praise you. Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Sheol doesn't thank you! Death doesn't praise you! Those who go down to the pit cannot expect you to be faithful.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For the nether-world cannot praise Thee, Death cannot celebrate Thee; They that go down into the pit cannot hope for Thy truth.

New American Standard 1977
“For Sheol cannot thank Thee,
            Death cannot praise Thee;
            Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Thy faithfulness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the grave shall not confess thee, nor shall death praise thee; nor shall those that go down into the pit wait for thy truth.

King James 2000 Bible
For the grave cannot praise you, death can not celebrate you: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth.

American King James Version
For the grave cannot praise you, death can not celebrate you: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth.

American Standard Version
For Sheol cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: They that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For hell shall not confess to thee, neither shall death praise thee: nor shall they that go down into the pit, look for thy truth.

Darby Bible Translation
For not Sheol shall praise thee, nor death celebrate thee; they that go down into the pit do not hope for thy truth.

English Revised Version
For the grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

World English Bible
For Sheol can't praise you. Death can't celebrate you. Those who go down into the pit can't hope for your truth.

Young's Literal Translation
For Sheol doth not confess Thee, Death doth not praise Thee, Those going down to the pit hope not for Thy truth.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
38:9-22 We have here Hezekiah's thanksgiving. It is well for us to remember the mercies we receive in sickness. Hezekiah records the condition he was in. He dwells upon this; I shall no more see the Lord. A good man wishes not to live for any other end than that he may serve God, and have communion with him. Our present residence is like that of a shepherd in his hut, a poor, mean, and cold lodging, and with a trust committed to our charge, as the shepherd has. Our days are compared to the weaver's shuttle, Job 7:6, passing and repassing very swiftly, every throw leaving a thread behind it; and when finished, the piece is cut off, taken out of the loom, and showed to our Master to be judged of. A good man, when his life is cut off, his cares and fatigues are cut off with it, and he rests from his labours. But our times are in God's hand; he has appointed what shall be the length of the piece. When sick, we are very apt to calculate our time, but are still at uncertainty. It should be more our care how we shall get safe to another world. And the more we taste of the loving-kindness of God, the more will our hearts love him, and live to him. It was in love to our poor perishing souls that Christ delivered them. The pardon does not make the sin not to have been sin, but not to be punished as it deserves. It is pleasant to think of our recoveries from sickness, when we see them flowing from the pardon of sin. Hezekiah's opportunity to glorify God in this world, he made the business, and pleasure, and end of life. Being recovered, he resolves to abound in praising and serving God. God's promises are not to do away, but to quicken and encourage the use of means. Life and health are given that we may glorify God and do good.
Study Bible
Hezekiah's Song of Thanksgiving
17"Lo, for my own welfare I had great bitterness; It is You who has kept my soul from the pit of nothingness, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back. 18"For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness. 19"It is the living who give thanks to You, as I do today; A father tells his sons about Your faithfulness.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:33
So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.

Psalm 6:5
For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?

Psalm 28:1
A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.

Psalm 30:9
"What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?

Psalm 88:11
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

Psalm 115:17
The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor do any who go down into silence;

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for there is no activity or planning or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol where you are going.
Treasury of Scripture

For the grave cannot praise you, death can not celebrate you: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for your truth.

the grave

Psalm 6:5 For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall …

Psalm 30:9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall …

Psalm 88:11 Shall your loving kindness be declared in the grave? or your faithfulness …

Psalm 115:17,18 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence…

Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there …

they that

Numbers 16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the …

Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous has …

Matthew 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: …

Matthew 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous …

Luke 16:26-31 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: …

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