Psalm 6:5
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New International Version
Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?

New Living Translation
For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?

English Standard Version
For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?

New American Standard Bible
For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?

King James Bible
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For there is no remembrance of You in death; who can thank You in Sheol?

International Standard Version
In death, there is no memory of you. Who will give you thanks where the dead are?

NET Bible
For no one remembers you in the realm of death, In Sheol who gives you thanks?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because your memorial is not in death, and in Sheol, who gives you thanks?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
In death, no one remembers you. In the grave, who praises you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in Sheol who shall give thee thanks?

King James 2000 Bible
For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?

American King James Version
For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?

American Standard Version
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: In Sheol who shall give thee thanks?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who shall confess to thee in hell?

Darby Bible Translation
For in death there is no remembrance of thee; in Sheol who shall give thanks unto thee?

English Revised Version
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in Sheol who shall give thee thanks?

Webster's Bible Translation
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who will give thee thanks?

World English Bible
For in death there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?

Young's Literal Translation
For there is not in death Thy memorial, In Sheol, who doth give thanks to Thee?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-7 These verses speak the language of a heart truly humbled, of a broken and contrite spirit under great afflictions, sent to awaken conscience and mortify corruption. Sickness brought sin to his remembrance, and he looked upon it as a token of God's displeasure against him. The affliction of his body will be tolerable, if he has comfort in his soul. Christ's sorest complaint, in his sufferings, was of the trouble of his soul, and the want of his Father's smiles. Every page of Scripture proclaims the fact, that salvation is only of the Lord. Man is a sinner, his case can only be reached by mercy; and never is mercy more illustrious than in restoring backsliders. With good reason we may pray, that if it be the will of God, and he has any further work for us or our friends to do in this world, he will yet spare us or them to serve him. To depart and be with Christ is happiest for the saints; but for them to abide in the flesh is more profitable for the church.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - For in death there is no remembrance of thee (comp. Psalm 30:9; Psalm 88:11; Psalm 115:17; Psalm 118:17; Isaiah 38:18). The general view of the psalmists seems to have been that death was a cessation of the active service of God - whether for a time or permanently, they do not make clear to us. So even Hezekiah, in the passage of Isaiah above quoted. Death is represented as a sleep (Psalm 13:3), but whether there is an awakening from it does not appear. No doubt, as has been said ('Speaker's Commentary,' vol. 4. p. 182), "the cessation of active service, even of remembrance or devotion, does not affect the question of a future restoration," and the metaphor of sleep certainly suggests the idea of an awakening. But such a veil hung over the other world, under the old dispensation, and over the condition of the departed in it, that thought was scarcely exercised upon the subject. Men's duties in this life were what occupied them, and they did not realize that in another they would have employments - much less form any notion of what those employments would be. The grave seemed a place of silence, inaction, tranquillity. In the grave (Hebrew, in Sheol) who shall give thee thanks? (comp. Psalm 115:17, 18).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For in death there is no remembrance of thee,.... Of the goodness, truth, power, and faithfulness of God; no notice can be taken nor mention, made either of the perfections or works of God, whether of nature or of grace, by a dead man to others; he is wholly useless to men on earth with respect to these things;

in the grave who shall give thee thanks? for mercies temporal or spiritual; the dead cannot praise the Lord among men, only the living; see Psalm 30:9; wherefore the psalmist desires that he might live and praise the Lord: this argument is taken from the glory of God, which end cannot be answered among men by death, as by life. It does not follow from hence that the soul either dies or sleeps with the body, and is inactive until the resurrection morn, neither of which are true; or that the souls of departed saints are unemployed in heaven; they are always before the throne, and serve the Lord day and night; they remember, with the utmost gratitude and thankfulness, all the goodness and grace of God unto them, and praise him for all his wondrous works: but the sense is, that when a saint is dead, he can no more serve and glorify God on earth among men.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. (Compare Ps 115:17, 18; Isa 38:18). There is no incredulity as to a future state. The contrast is between this scene of life, and the grave or Sheol, the unseen world of the dead.

give … thanks—or, "praise for mercies."

Psalm 6:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Don't Rebuke Me in Your Anger
4Return, O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness. 5For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks? 6I am weary with my sighing; Every night I make my bed swim, I dissolve my couch with my tears.…
Cross References
Psalm 30:9
"What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?

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

Psalm 115:17
It is not the dead who praise the LORD, those who go down to the place of silence;

Psalm 118:17
I will not die but live, and will proclaim what the LORD has done.

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

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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For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?

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

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

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

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night …

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