Psalm 30:9
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New International Version
"What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

New Living Translation
"What will you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave? Can my dust praise you? Can it tell of your faithfulness?

English Standard Version
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?

New American Standard Bible
"What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?

King James Bible
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
What gain is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it proclaim Your truth?

International Standard Version
"What profit is there in my death if I go down to the Pit? Can dust worship you? Can it proclaim your faithfulness?"

NET Bible
"What profit is there in taking my life, in my descending into the Pit? Can the dust of the grave praise you? Can it declare your loyalty?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“What profit is there in my blood that I should descend to destruction? The dust does not give thanks to you, neither does it show your faithfulness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How will you profit if my blood is shed, if I go into the pit? Will the dust [of my body] give thanks to you? Will it tell about your truth?"

Jubilee Bible 2000
What profit is there in my blood when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? Shall it declare thy truth?

King James 2000 Bible
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? shall it declare your truth?

American King James Version
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? shall it declare your truth?

American Standard Version
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Douay-Rheims Bible
What profit is there in my blood, whilst I go down to corruption? Shall dust confess to thee, or declare thy truth?

Darby Bible Translation
What profit is there in my blood, in my going down to the pit? shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

English Revised Version
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

Webster's Bible Translation
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?

World English Bible
"What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? Shall it declare your truth?

Young's Literal Translation
What gain is in my blood? In my going down unto corruption? Doth dust thank Thee? doth it declare Thy truth?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

30:6-12 When things are well with us, we are very apt to think that they will always be so. When we see our mistake, it becomes us to think with shame upon our carnal security as our folly. If God hide his face, a good man is troubled, though no other calamity befal him. But if God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, it will be the greatest folly if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark. The sanctified spirit, which returns to God, shall praise him, shall be still praising him; but the services of God's house cannot be performed by the dust; it cannot praise him; there is none of that device or working in the grave, for it is the land of silence. We ask aright for life, when we do so that we may live to praise him. In due time God delivered the psalmist out of his troubles. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when employed in praising God. He would persevere to the end in praise, hoping that he should shortly be where this would be the everlasting work. But let all beware of carnal security. Neither outward prosperity, nor inward peace, here, are sure and lasting. The Lord, in his favour, has fixed the believer's safety firm as the deep-rooted mountains, but he must expect to meet with temptations and afflictions. When we grow careless, we fall into sin, the Lord hides his face, our comforts droop, and troubles assail us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit! What advantage wilt thou derive from my death, if thou killest me, either by the plague, which may as well fasten upon me as upon any one else, or by the misery and mental strain of seeing my subjects, my innocent sheep, suffer? God has "no pleasure in the death of him that dieth" (Ezekiel 18:32), and certainly can obtain no profit from the destruction of any of his creatures. Shall the dust praise thee? (comp. Psalm 6:5; Psalm 88:10; Psalm 115:17; Isaiah 38:18). In death, so far as the power of death extends, there can be no action; the lips cease to move, and therefore cannot hymn God's praise - the "dust" is inanimate, and, while it remains dust, cannot speak. What the freed soul may do, the psalmist does not consider. Very little was known under the old dispensation concerning the intermediate state. Shall it declare thy truth? The dust certainly could not do this, unless revivified and formed into another living body.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

What profit is there in my blood?.... Should that be shed, and he die by the hands of his enemies, through divine permission: death is not profitable to a man's self by way of merit; it does not atone for sin, satisfy justice, and merit heaven; even the death of martyrs, and of such who shed their blood, died in the cause of Christ, and for his sake, is not meritorious; it does not profit in such sense: there is profit in no blood but in the blood of Christ, by which peace is made, pardon procured, and redemption obtained. Indeed death is consequentially profitable to good men; it is an outlet of all sorrows and afflictions, and the inlet of joy and happiness; it is the saints' passage to heaven, and upon it they are immediately with Christ, and rest from their labours: nor is there profit in the blood of the saints to them that shed it; for when inquisition is made for it, vengeance will be taken on them who have shed it, and blood will be given them to drink, as will be particularly to antichrist: nor is there any profit in it to the Lord himself; which seems to be what is chiefly designed, since it is used by the psalmist as an argument with him in prayer, that he might not be left by him, and to his enemies, so as to perish, since no glory could accrue to God by it from them; they would not give him thanks for it, but ascribe it to themselves, and say their own hand had done it; so far, the psalmist suggests, would his death be from being profitable to God, that it would rather be a loss to the interest of religion; since he had not as yet fully restored religion, and settled the pure worship of God in order, and made the preparations for the building the house of God he intended. God may be glorified in the death of his people; either by their dying in the faith of interest in him; or by suffering death for his name's sake; but, in a strict sense, there is nothing either in life or death in which man can be profitable unto God; see Job 22:2; some understand this of life; because the life is in the blood: as if the sense was, of what advantage is life to me? it would have been better for the if I had never been born, had had no life and being at all, if I must for ever be banished from thy presence, and go down to the pit of hell, which they suppose is designed in the following phrase;

when I go down to the pit; though the grave seems rather to be meant, and the former sense is best;

shall the dust praise thee? that is, men, whose original is dust, being reduced to dust again, as the body at death, when laid in the grave, and corrupted there, is; this lifeless dust cannot praise the Lord: the soul indeed dies not with the body; nor does it sleep in the grave with it; nor is it unemployed in heaven; but is continually engaged in the high praises of God: but the sense of the psalmist is, that should he die, and be buried, and be reduced to dust, he should no more praise the Lord in the land of the living, among men, to the glory of divine grace and goodness; so that this revenue of his glory would be lost. Shall it declare thy truth? either the truth of the Gospel, which lies in the word of God; or rather the faithfulness of God in the performance of his promises; see Psalm 40:10.



Psalm 30:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
I will Extol You, O Lord
8To You, O LORD, I called, And to the Lord I made supplication: 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? 10"Hear, O LORD, and be gracious to me; O LORD, be my helper."…
Cross References
Psalm 6:5
Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?

Psalm 28:1
Of David. To you, LORD, I call; you are my Rock, do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you remain silent, I will be like those who go down to the pit.

Psalm 30:8
To you, LORD, I called; to the Lord I cried for mercy:

Psalm 88:10
Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?

Isaiah 38:18
For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.
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What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? shall it declare your truth?

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

Psalm 88:10-12 Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah…

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

Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

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

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