Psalm 88:12
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New International Version
Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

New Living Translation
Can the darkness speak of your wonderful deeds? Can anyone in the land of forgetfulness talk about your righteousness?

English Standard Version
Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

New American Standard Bible
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

King James Bible
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Will Your wonders be known in the darkness or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

International Standard Version
Can your awesome deeds be known in darkness or your righteousness in the land of oblivion?

NET Bible
Are your amazing deeds experienced in the dark region, or your deliverance in the land of oblivion?

New Heart English Bible
Are your wonders made known in the dark? Or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your wonders will be known in darkness and your righteousness in the land that was forgotten!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will anyone know about your miracles in that dark place or about your righteousness in the place where forgotten people live?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Shall Thy wonders be known in the dark? And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

New American Standard 1977
Will Thy wonders be made known in the darkness?
            And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Shall thy wonder be known in darkness? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

King James 2000 Bible
Shall your wonders be known in the dark? and your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

American King James Version
Shall your wonders be known in the dark? and your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

American Standard Version
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark; and thy justice in the land of forgetfulness?

Darby Bible Translation
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

English Revised Version
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Webster's Bible Translation
Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

World English Bible
Are your wonders made known in the dark? Or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

Young's Literal Translation
Are Thy wonders known in the darkness? And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
Study Bible
I have Cried Day and Night Before You
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? 13But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.…
Cross References
Job 10:21
Before I go-- and I shall not return-- To the land of darkness and deep shadow,

Psalm 88:6
You have put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the depths.

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

Ecclesiastes 9:5
For the living know they will die; but the dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten.
Treasury of Scripture

Shall your wonders be known in the dark? and your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

dark

Psalm 143:3 For the enemy has persecuted my soul; he has smitten my life down …

Job 10:21,22 Before I go from where I shall not return, even to the land of darkness …

Isaiah 8:22 And they shall look to the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, …

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

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, …

in the land

Psalm 88:5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom you …

Psalm 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

Ecclesiastes 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever…

Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place …

Ecclesiastes 9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any …

Verse 12. - Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? (compare above, ver. 10). And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? "The land of forgetfulness," or "of oblivion," is another name for Hades, or Sheol - not that there are supposed to be no memories of the past in it (Isaiah 14:16, 17), but that all is faint and shadowy there, consciousness but a half-consciousness, remembrance but a half-remembrance. Shall thy wonders be known in the dark?.... A description of the grave again; see Job 10:21, The sense may be, should he continue in the dark and silent grave, how would the wonders of the grace of God, of electing, redeeming, justifying, pardoning, and adopting grace, be made known; the wonders of Christ's person and offices, and the wondrous things, and doctrines of the Gospel, relating thereunto? as the glory of these would be eclipsed, there would be none to publish them:

and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? the grave, where the dead lie, who, having lost all sense of things, forget what were done in this world, and they themselves are quickly forgotten by the living; and had Christ continued in this state, and had not risen again to our justification, how would his justifying righteousness have been revealed, as it is from faith to faith in the Gospel, which is therefore called the word and ministration of righteousness? 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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