Psalm 30:9
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?

Berean Study Bible
“What gain is in the shedding of my blood, in my descent to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it proclaim 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?

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?

Contemporary English Version
"What good will it do you if I am in the grave? Once I have turned to dust, how can I praise you or tell how loyal you are?

Good News Translation
"What will you gain from my death? What profit from my going to the grave? Are dead people able to praise you? Can they proclaim your unfailing goodness?

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?

New Heart 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?

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?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?

New American Standard 1977
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise Thee? Will it declare Thy faithfulness?

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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to destruction? Shall the dust give praise to thee? or 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?
Study Bible
You Turned My Mourning into Dancing
8To You, O LORD, I called, and I begged my Lord for mercy: 9“What gain is in the shedding of my blood, in my descent to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it proclaim Your faithfulness? 10Hear me, O LORD, and have mercy; O LORD, be my helper.”…
Cross References
Psalm 6:5
For there is no mention of You in death; who can praise You from Sheol?

Psalm 28:1
To you, O LORD, I call; be not deaf to me, O my rock. For if You remain silent, I will be like those descending to the Pit.

Psalm 30:8
To You, O LORD, I called, and I begged my Lord for mercy:

Psalm 88:10
Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah

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

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

What

Psalm 6:5
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?

Psalm 88:10-12
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah…

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







Lexicon
“What
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

gain
בֶּ֥צַע (be·ṣa‘)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1215: Gain made by violence, unjust gain, profit

is in the shedding of my blood,
בְּדָמִי֮ (bə·ḏā·mî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1818: Blood, of man, an animal, the juice of the grape, bloodshed

in my descent
בְּרִדְתִּ֪י (bə·riḏ·tî)
Preposition-b | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3381: To come or go down, descend

to
אֶ֫ל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the Pit?
שָׁ֥חַת (šā·ḥaṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7845: A pit, destruction

Will the dust
עָפָ֑ר (‘ā·p̄ār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6083: Dust, clay, earth, mud

praise You?
הֲיוֹדְךָ֥ (hă·yō·wḏ·ḵā)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3034: To throw, at, away, to revere, worship, to bemoan

Will it proclaim
הֲיַגִּ֥יד (hă·yag·gîḏ)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5046: To be conspicuous

Your faithfulness?
אֲמִתֶּֽךָ׃ (’ă·mit·te·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness
(9) What profit . . .--i.e., to God. For the conception of death as breaking the covenant relation between Israel and Jehovah, and so causing loss to Him as well as to them (for Sheol had its own king or shepherd, Death) by putting an end to all religious service, comp. Hezekiah's song; Isaiah 38:18. Comp. also Psalm 6:5, and note Psalm 88:11.) Plainly as yet no hope, not even a dim one, had arisen of praising God beyond the grave. The vision of the New Jerusalem, with the countless throngs of redeemed with harps and palms, was yet for the future.

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. 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.
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