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.
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.
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.
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.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
38:18 Praise - The dead are not capable of glorifying thy name among men upon earth. They cannot expect nor receive the accomplishment of thy promised goodness in the land of the living.
LibraryGrace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners:
A BRIEF AND FAITHFUL RELATION OF THE EXCEEDING MERCY OF GOD IN CHRIST TO HIS POOR SERVANT, JOHN BUNYAN; WHEREIN IS PARTICULARLY SHOWED THE MANNER OF HIS CONVERSION, HIS SIGHT AND TROUBLE FOR SIN, HIS DREADFUL TEMPTATIONS, ALSO HOW HE DESPAIRED OF GOD'S MERCY, AND HOW THE LORD AT LENGTH THROUGH CHRIST DID DELIVER HIM FROM ALL THE GUILT AND TERROR THAT LAY UPON HIM. Whereunto is added a brief relation of his call to the work of the ministry, of his temptations therein, as also what he hath met with …
John Bunyan—The Works of John Bunyan Volumes 1-3
Meditations for the Sick.
The Power of God
So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.
For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?
A psalm of David. I pray to you, O LORD, my rock. Do not turn a deaf ear to me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die.
"What will you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave? Can my dust praise you? Can it tell of your faithfulness?
Can those in the grave declare your unfailing love? Can they proclaim your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
The dead cannot sing praises to the LORD, for they have gone into the silence of the grave.
Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
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