Psalm 88:11
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New International Version
Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction?

New Living Translation
Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?

English Standard Version
Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?

New American Standard Bible
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

King James Bible
Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will Your faithful love be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

International Standard Version
Can your gracious love be declared in the grave or your faithfulness in Abaddon?

NET Bible
Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave, or your faithfulness in the place of the dead?

New Heart English Bible
Is your loving kindness declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in Destruction?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will tell your kindness which is in the tombs and your faithfulness in destruction!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will anyone tell about your mercy in Sheol or about your faithfulness in Abaddon?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall Thy mercy be declared in the grave? Or Thy faithfulness in destruction?

New American Standard 1977
Will Thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
            Thy faithfulness in Abaddon?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall thy mercy be declared in the grave? or thy truth in hell?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or your faithfulness in destruction?

American King James Version
Shall your loving kindness be declared in the grave? or your faithfulness in destruction?

American Standard Version
Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or thy faithfulness in Destruction?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall any one in the sepulchre declare thy mercy: and thy truth in destruction?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave? thy faithfulness in Destruction?

English Revised Version
Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in Destruction?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

World English Bible
Is your loving kindness declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in Destruction?

Young's Literal Translation
Is Thy kindness recounted in the grave? Thy faithfulness in destruction?
Study Bible
I have Cried Day and Night Before You
10Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah. 11Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon? 12Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?…
Cross References
Revelation 9:11
They were ruled by a king, the angel of the abyss. His name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek it is Apollyon.

Psalm 88:10
Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.

Psalm 88:12
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Psalm 89:1
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.

Isaiah 38:18
"For Sheol cannot thank You, Death cannot praise You; Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
Treasury of Scripture

Shall your loving kindness be declared in the grave? or your faithfulness in destruction?

in destruction

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 73:18 Surely you did set them in slippery places: you cast them down into destruction.

Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall …

Job 26:6 Hell is naked before him, and destruction has no covering.

Proverbs 15:11 Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the …

Matthew 7:13 Enter you in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad …

Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known…

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

(11, 12) In these verses appear three prominent features of the Hebrew conception of the underworld. It is a place of "destruction" (comp. Job 26:6; Job 28:22), of "darkness" (comp. Psalm 88:6), and of "forgetfulness," which may imply not only that the dead are forgotten, both of God and men (comp. Psalm 31:12 with Psalm 88:5), but that they themselves have, to borrow the heathen figure, drunk of the water of Lethe. (Comp. Psalm 6:5; Psalm 30:9, and for both ideas combined Ecclesiastes 9:5-10.)

(11) Lovingkindness.--Better here, covenant grace. The grave knew nothing of this. Death severed the covenant relationship. So "faithfulness," "wonders," "righteousness" are all used in their limited sense as determined by the covenant.

Verse 11. - Shall thy loving kindness be declared in the grave? Wilt thou wait till I am in my grave before thou showest any mercy upon me? or, Will not that be too late? Can thy faithfulness to thy promises be shown in destruction? literally, in Abaddon; i.e. "perdition" - a name of Sheol (cf. Job 26:6; Job 28:22). Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave?.... Where he saw himself now going, and where should he be detained, and not raised out of it, the lovingkindness of God to him, as his Son, and as man and Mediator, and to his people in the gift and mission of him to be their Saviour and Redeemer, how would that be declared and made known? now it is, Christ being raised, and his ministers having a commission from him to preach the Gospel, in which the lovingkindness of God is abundantly manifested:

or thy faithfulness in destruction? the grave, so called from dead bodies being cast into it, and wasted, consumed, and destroyed in it: the meaning may be, that should he be laid in the grave, and there putrefy and rot, and not be raised again, where would be the faithfulness of God to his purposes, to his covenant and promises, to him his Son, and to his people? 11, 12. amplify the foregoing, the whole purport (as Ps 6:5) being to contrast death and life as seasons for praising God.88:10-18 Departed souls may declare God's faithfulness, justice, and lovingkindness; but deceased bodies can neither receive God's favours in comfort, nor return them in praise. The psalmist resolved to continue in prayer, and the more so, because deliverance did not come speedily. Though our prayers are not soon answered, yet we must not give over praying. The greater our troubles, the more earnest and serious we should be in prayer. Nothing grieves a child of God so much as losing sight of him; nor is there any thing he so much dreads as God's casting off his soul. If the sun be clouded, that darkens the earth; but if the sun should leave the earth, what a dungeon would it be! Even those designed for God's favours, may for a time suffer his terrors. See how deep those terrors wounded the psalmist. If friends are put far from us by providences, or death, we have reason to look upon it as affliction. Such was the calamitous state of a good man. But the pleas here used were peculiarly suited to Christ. And we are not to think that the holy Jesus suffered for us only at Gethsemane and on Calvary. His whole life was labour and sorrow; he was afflicted as never man was, from his youth up. He was prepared for that death of which he tasted through life. No man could share in the sufferings by which other men were to be redeemed. All forsook him, and fled. Oftentimes, blessed Jesus, do we forsake thee; but do not forsake us, O take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
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