Psalm 94:17
New International Version
Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.

New Living Translation
Unless the LORD had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.

English Standard Version
If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.

Berean Study Bible
Unless the LORD had been my helper, I would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

New American Standard Bible
If the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

New King James Version
Unless the LORD had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.

King James Bible
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

Christian Standard Bible
If the LORD had not been my helper, I would soon rest in the silence of death.

Contemporary English Version
If you had not helped me, LORD, I would soon have gone to the land of silence.

Good News Translation
If the LORD had not helped me, I would have gone quickly to the land of silence.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If the LORD had not been my helper, I would soon rest in the silence of death.

International Standard Version
If the LORD had not been my helper, I would have quickly become silent.

NET Bible
If the LORD had not helped me, I would have laid down in the silence of death.

New Heart English Bible
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul would have soon lived in silence.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If Lord Jehovah had not been a helper to me, before a little while my soul would have dwelt in misery!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If the LORD had not come to help me, my soul would have quickly fallen silent [in death].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Unless the LORD had been my help, My soul had soon dwelt in silence.

New American Standard 1977
If the LORD had not been my help, My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul would have quickly dwelt with the dead.

King James 2000 Bible
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

American King James Version
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelled in silence.

American Standard Version
Unless Jehovah had been my help, My soul had soon dwelt in silence.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If the Lord had not helped me, my soul had almost sojourned in Hades.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unless the Lord had been my helper, my soul had almost dwelt in hell.

Darby Bible Translation
If Jehovah had not been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

English Revised Version
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had soon dwelt in silence.

Webster's Bible Translation
Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence.

World English Bible
Unless Yahweh had been my help, my soul would have soon lived in silence.

Young's Literal Translation
Unless Jehovah were a help to me, My soul had almost inhabited silence.
Study Bible
The LORD Will Not Forget His People
16Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand for me against the workers of iniquity? 17Unless the LORD had been my helper, I would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence. 18If I say, “My foot is slipping,” Your loving devotion, O LORD, will support me.…
Cross References
Psalm 31:17
O LORD, let me not be ashamed, for I have called on You. Let the wicked be put to shame; let them lie silent in Sheol.

Psalm 124:1
If the LORD had not been on our side--let Israel now declare--

Psalm 124:2
if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us,

Treasury of Scripture

Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelled in silence.

unless

Psalm 118:13
Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the LORD helped me.

Psalm 124:1,2
A Song of degrees of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say; …

Psalm 125:1
A Song of degrees. They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.

almost.

Psalm 13:3
Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;

Psalm 31:17
Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

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







Lexicon
Unless
לוּלֵ֣י (lū·lê)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3884: If not, unless

the LORD
יְ֭הוָה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

had been my helper,
עֶזְרָ֣תָה (‘ez·rā·ṯāh)
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5833: Help, helper, assistance

I
נַפְשִֽׁי׃ (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

would soon
כִּמְעַ֓ט ׀ (kim·‘aṭ)
Preposition-k | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4592: A little, fewness, a few

have dwelt in the abode
שָֽׁכְנָ֖ה (šā·ḵə·nāh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7931: To settle down, abide, dwell

of silence.
דוּמָ֣ה (ḏū·māh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1745: Silence, death
(17) In silence--i.e., of the grave, as in Psalm 31:17.

Verse 17. - Unless the Lord had been my Help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence. No; they are not without a champion; Jehovah is their Help. It is a part of their blessedness (ver. 12), that they are preserved. in life and protected from the wicked, by God himself. Otherwise they "had soon dwelt in silence." Their soul had gone down to the pit, to the abyss of Sheol, the silent land (comp. Psalm 115:17). 94:12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of the Lord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, and by the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubled thoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course he should take, and what was likely to be the end of it. The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. A man cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will make him, if the Lord visit it upon him.
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