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Psalms 115:17

    Psalms 115:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    The dead praise not Jehovah, Neither any that go down into silence;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The dead do not give praise to the Lord; or those who go down to the underworld.

    Webster's Revision

    The dead praise not Jehovah, Neither any that go down into silence;

    World English Bible

    The dead don't praise Yah, neither any who go down into silence;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence;

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 115:17

    The dead praise not the Lord - המתים hammethim, those dead men who worshipped as gods dumb idols, dying in their sins, worship not Jehovah; nor can any of those who go down into silence praise thee: earth is the place in which to praise the Lord for his mercies, and get a preparation for his glory.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 115:17

    The dead praise not the Lord - The meaning of this is, that as those who are dead cannot praise God, or cannot worship him, this should be done while we are in the land of the living. This opportunity, like all other opportunities, will be cut off in the grave, and hence, we should be faithful in this duty, and should avail ourselves of this privilege, while life lasts. In regard to the sentiment here expressed, and the grounds on which that sentiment was entertained, see the notes at Isaiah 38:18-19; notes at Psalm 6:5.

    Neither any that go down into silence - Into the grave - the land of silence. Psalm 94:17. Nothing is more impressive in regard to the grave than its utter silence. Not a voice, not a sound, is heard there - of birds or human beings - of song or conversation - of the roaring of the sea, the sighing of the breeze, the fury of the storm, the tumult of battle. Perfect stillness reigns there; and the first sound that shall be heard there will be the archangel's trump.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 115:17

    115:17 Silence - Into the place of silence, the grave. CHAPT. CXVI. This psalm is a solemn thanksgiving to God. Wherein the psalmist professes his love to God, for delivering him out of great straits and dangers, ver. 1 -
    8. Prays for his future protection, and promises to praise him, and to walk holy before him, 9 - 19.