Psalm 88:10
New International Version
Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?

New Living Translation
Are your wonderful deeds of any use to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Interlude

English Standard Version
Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah

Berean Study Bible
Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah

New American Standard Bible
Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.

King James Bible
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

Christian Standard Bible
Do you work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise you? Selah

Contemporary English Version
Do you work miracles for the dead? Do they stand up and praise you?

Good News Translation
Do you perform miracles for the dead? Do they rise up and praise you?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah

International Standard Version
Can you perform wonders for the dead? Can departed spirits stand up to praise you? Interlude

NET Bible
Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead? Do the departed spirits rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)

New Heart English Bible
Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, you work wonders to the dead and mighty ones will stand and confess you!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Will you perform miracles for those who are dead? Will the spirits of the dead rise and give thanks to you? [Selah]

JPS Tanakh 1917
Wilt Thou work wonders for the dead? Or shall the shades arise and give Thee thanks? Selah

New American Standard 1977
Wilt Thou perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise Thee? Selah.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

King James 2000 Bible
Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah.

American King James Version
Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah.

American Standard Version
Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? Shall they that are decreased arise and praise thee? Selah

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Wilt thou work wonders for the dead? or shall physicians raise them up, that they shall praise thee?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? or shall physicians raise to life, and give praise to thee?

Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou do wonders to the dead? shall the shades arise and praise thee? Selah.

English Revised Version
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall they that are deceased arise and praise thee? Selah

Webster's Bible Translation
Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

World English Bible
Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah.

Young's Literal Translation
To the dead dost Thou do wonders? Do Rephaim rise? do they thank Thee? Selah.
Study Bible
Day and Night I Cry Out Before You
9My eyes grow dim with grief. I call to You daily, O LORD; I spread out my hands to You. 10Do You work wonders for the dead? Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? Selah 11Can Your loving devotion be proclaimed in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?…
Cross References
Job 26:5
The dead tremble--those who dwell beneath the waters.

Psalm 6:5
For there is no mention of You in death; who can praise You from Sheol?

Psalm 30:9
"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?

Psalm 88:11
Can Your loving devotion be proclaimed in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

Psalm 115:17
It is not the dead who praise the LORD, nor any who descend into silence.

Treasury of Scripture

Will you show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise you? Selah.

wilt thou.

Psalm 6:5
For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee 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 115:17
The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

shall

Job 14:7-12
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease…

Isaiah 26:19
Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead.

Ezekiel 37:1-14
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, …







Lexicon
Do You work
תַּעֲשֶׂה־ (ta·‘ă·śeh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

wonders
פֶּ֑לֶא (pe·le)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6382: A miracle

for the dead?
הֲלַמֵּתִ֥ים (hă·lam·mê·ṯîm)
Preposition-l, Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4191: To die, to kill

Do departed spirits
רְ֝פָאִ֗ים (rə·p̄ā·’îm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7496: Shades, ghosts

rise up
יָק֤וּמוּ ׀ (yā·qū·mū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6965: To arise, stand up, stand

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

Selah
סֶּֽלָה׃ (se·lāh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 5542: Suspension, pause
(10-12) These verses probably contain the prayer tittered with the "stretched-out hands."

(10) Shall the dead arise? . . .--These words are not to be taken in the sense of a final resurrection as we understand it. The hope of this had hardly yet dawned on Israel. The underworld is imagined as a vast sepulchre in which the dead lie, each in his place, silent and motionless, and the poet asks how they can rise there to utter the praise of God who has forgotten them (Psalm 88:5). That this is meant, and not a coming forth again into a land of living interests, is shown in the next two verses. (See Notes.)

Dead.--Heb., rephaim, a word applied also to the gigantic races of Palestine (Deuteronomy 2:11; Deuteronomy 2:20, &c.), but here evidently (as also in Proverbs 2:18; Proverbs 9:18; Proverbs 21:16; Isaiah 14:9; Isaiah 26:19) meaning the dead.

All the passages cited confirm the impression got from this psalm of the Hebrew conception of the state of the dead. They were languid, sickly shapes, lying supine, cut off from all the hopes and interests of the upper air, and even oblivious of them all, but retaining so much of sensation as to render them conscious of the gloomy monotony of death. (Comp. Isaiah 38:18; Ecclesiasticus 17:27-28; Baruch 2:17.)

Verse 10. - Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? Am I to receive no mercy till I am dead? and then wilt thou work a miracle for my restoration and deliverance? Shall the dead arise and praise thee? rather, the shades (rephaim); comp. Job 26:5. The word rephaim designates the wan, shadowy ghosts that have gone down to Hades (Sheol), and are resting there. Shall these suddenly rise up and engage in the worship and praise of God? The psalmist does not, any more than Job (Job 14:14), expect such a resurrection. 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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