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Psalms 88:4-6

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88:4 They treat me like 1  those who descend into the grave. 2 

I am like a helpless man, 3 

88:5 adrift 4  among the dead,

like corpses lying in the grave,

whom you remember no more,

and who are cut off from your power. 5 

88:6 You place me in the lowest regions of the pit, 6 

in the dark places, in the watery depths.

Psalms 88:10-11

Context

88:10 Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead?

Do the departed spirits 7  rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)

88:11 Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave,

or your faithfulness in the place of the dead? 8 

1 tn Heb “I am considered with.”

2 tn Heb “the pit.” The noun בּוֹר (bor, “pit,” “cistern”) is sometimes used of the grave and/or the realm of the dead.

3 tn Heb “I am like a man [for whom] there is no help.”

4 tn Heb “set free.”

5 tn Heb “from your hand.”

6 tn The noun בּוֹר (bor, “pit,” “cistern”) is sometimes used of the grave and/or the realm of the dead. See v. 4.

7 tn Heb “Rephaim,” a term that refers to those who occupy the land of the dead (see Isa 14:9; 26:14, 19).

8 tn Heb “in Abaddon,” a name for Sheol. The noun is derived from a verbal root meaning “to perish,” “to die.”



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