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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?
Berean Study Bible
For there is no mention of You in death; who can praise You from Sheol?
King James Bible
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
New King James Version
For in death there is no remembrance of You; In the grave who will give You thanks?
New American Standard Bible
For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol, who will praise You?
For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?
For there is no mention of Thee in death; In Sheol who will give Thee thanks?
For in death there is no mention of You; In Sheol (the nether world, the place of the dead) who will praise You and give You thanks?
Christian Standard Bible
For there is no remembrance of you in death; who can thank you in Sheol?
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For there is no remembrance of You in death; who can thank You in Sheol?
American Standard Version
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: In Sheol who shall give thee thanks?
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because your memorial is not in death, and in Sheol, who gives you thanks?
Brenton Septuagint Translation
For in death no man remembers thee: and who will give thee thanks in Hades?
Contemporary English Version
If I die, I cannot praise you or even remember you.
For there is no one in death, that is mindful of thee: and who shall confess to thee in hell?
English Revised Version
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in Sheol who shall give thee thanks?
Good News Translation
In the world of the dead you are not remembered; no one can praise you there.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
In death, no one remembers you. In the grave, who praises you?
International Standard Version
In death, there is no memory of you. Who will give you thanks where the dead are?
JPS Tanakh 1917
For in death there is no remembrance of Thee; In the nether-world who will give Thee thanks?
Literal Standard Version
For in death there is no memorial of You, "" In Sheol, who gives thanks to You?
For no one remembers you in the realm of death, In Sheol who gives you thanks?
New Heart English Bible
For in death there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who shall give you 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?
Additional Translations ...
ContextDo not Rebuke Me in Your Anger
…4Turn, O LORD, and deliver my soul; save me because of Your loving devotion. 5For there is no mention of You in death; who can praise You from Sheol? 6I am weary from groaning; all night I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.…
"What gain is there in my bloodshed, in my descent to the Pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it proclaim Your faithfulness?
Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah
It is not the dead who praise the LORD, nor any who descend into silence.
I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the LORD has done.
Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might, for in Sheol, where you are going, there is no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.
For Sheol cannot thank You; Death cannot praise You. Those who descend to the Pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness.
Treasury of Scripture
For in death there is no remembrance of you: in the grave who shall give you thanks?
Psalm 30:9 What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise thee? shall it declare thy truth?
Psalm 88:10-12 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah…
Psalm 115:17 The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.
For in death.--As in Psalm 30:9, the sufferer urges as a further reason for Divine aid the loss Jehovah would suffer by the cessation of his praise. The Israelite's natural dread of death was intensified by the thought that the grave separated him from all the privileges of the covenant with God. (Comp. Isaiah 38:18.) There can be neither remembrance of His past mercies there, nor confession of His greatness. The word translated grave, in exact parallelism with death, is sheol, or underworld, in the early conception merely a vast sepulchral cave, closed as rock-tombs usually were by gates of stone or iron (Isaiah 38:10; Job 17:16). The derivation of the word is disputed, but the primary meaning appears to have been hollowness. It occurs sixty-five times in the Bible, and is rendered in the Authorised version three times "pit," and then with curious impartiality thirty-one times "grave," and as many "hell." When it ceased to be merely a synonym for "grave," and began to gather a new set of ideas we cannot ascertain. It was before the time of which we have any contemporary records. But it acquired these new ideas very slowly. Sheol was for a very long time only a magnified grave, into which all the dead, bad and good alike, prince and peasant, went; where they lay side by side in their niches, as the dead do in the loculi of eastern tombs now, without sense of light or sound, or any influence from the upper world (1Kings 2:2; Job 30:23; Psalm 89:48). It is something more than death, put it is not life. The "sleep of death" expresses it. As in Homer's Hades, the dead are men without the minds or energies of men--"soulless men; so the dead in the Hebrew conception are rephaim, that is, weak, shadowy existences. Indeed, the Biblical representation is even less tolerable than the Greek. Homer's heroes retain many of their interests in the living world; they rejoice in the prosperity of their friends--their own approval or disapproval makes a difference to those still on earth--and, apart from this continued connection with the upper air, they had gone to a realm of their own, with its sovereign lord, its laws and customs, its sanctions, and penalties. Not so in the Jewish belief--"the dead know not anything"; "there is no wisdom in sheol." It would be of no use for God to show any wonders among those incapable of perceiving them (Ecclesiastes 9:5-10; Psalm 88:10). They have passed altogether from all the interests and relations of life, even from the covenant relation with Jehovah. (Comp. Isaiah 38:18; Psalm 115:17.) How the Hebrew conscience, helped, possibly, by the influence of foreign ideas, gradually struggled into a higher light on these subjects, belongs to the history of eschatology. The fact that Psalms 6 reflects the earlier undeveloped doctrine, is an argument against any very late date for it.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).
Parallel Commentaries ...
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction
there is no
Strong's 369: A non-entity, a negative particle
mention of You
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 2143: A memento, recollection, commemoration
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4194: Death, the dead, their place, state, pestilence, ruin
Strong's 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 3034: To throw, at, away, to revere, worship, to bemoan
Preposition | second person feminine singular
Preposition-b | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)
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