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Isaiah 38:17-18

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38:17 “Look, the grief I experienced was for my benefit. 1 

You delivered me 2  from the pit of oblivion. 3 

For you removed all my sins from your sight. 4 

38:18 Indeed 5  Sheol does not give you thanks;

death does not 6  praise you.

Those who descend into the pit do not anticipate your faithfulness.

1 tn Heb “Look, for peace bitterness was to me bitter”; NAB “thus is my bitterness transformed into peace.”

2 tc The Hebrew text reads, “you loved my soul,” but this does not fit syntactically with the following prepositional phrase. חָשַׁקְתָּ (khashaqta, “you loved”), may reflect an aural error; most emend the form to חָשַׂכְת, (khasakht, “you held back”).

3 tn בְּלִי (bÿli) most often appears as a negation, meaning “without,” suggesting the meaning “nothingness, oblivion,” here. Some translate “decay” or “destruction.”

4 tn Heb “for you threw behind your back all my sins.”

5 tn Or “For” (KJV, NAB, NASB, NIV, NRSV, NLT).

6 tn The negative particle is understood by ellipsis in this line. See GKC 483 §152.z.



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