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Psalms 88:12

    Psalms 88:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Shall your wonders be known in the dark? and your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    May there be knowledge of your wonders in the dark? or of your righteousness where memory is dead?

    Webster's Revision

    Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    World English Bible

    Are your wonders made known in the dark? Or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 88:12

    The land of forgetfulness? - The place of separate spirits, or the invisible world. The heathens had some notion of this state. They feigned a river in the invisible world, called Lethe, Ληθη, which signifies oblivion, and that those who drank of it remembered no more any thing relative to their former state.

    - Animae, quibus altera fato

    Corpora debentur, lethaei ad fluminis undam

    Securos latices et longa oblivia potant.

    Virg. Aen. 6: 713.

    To all those souls who round the river wait

    New mortal bodies are decreed by fate;

    To yon dark stream the gliding ghosts repair,

    And quaff deep draughts of long oblivion there.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 88:12

    Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? - In the dark world; in "the land of darkness and the shadow of death; a land of darkness, as darkness itself, and where the light is as darkness." Job 10:21-22. "And thy righteousness." The justice of thy character; or, the ways in which thou dost maintain and manifest thy righteous character.

    In the land of forgetfulness - Of oblivion; where the memory has decayed, and where the remembrance of former things is blotted out. This is a part of the general description, illustrating the ideas then entertained of the state of the dead; that they would be weak and feeble; that they could see nothing; that even the memory would fail, and the recollection of former things pass from the mind. All these are images of the grave as it appears to man when he has not the clear and full light of revelation; and the grave is all this - a dark and cheerless abode - all abode of fearfulness and gloom - when the light of the great truths of the Gospel is not suffered to fall upon it. That the psalmist dreaded this is clear, for he had not yet the full light of revealed truth in regard to the grave, and it seemed to him to be a gloomy abode. That people without the Gospel ought to dread it, is clear, for when the grave is not illuminated with Christian truth and hope, it is a place from which man by nature shrinks back, and it is not wonderful that a wicked man dreads to die.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 88:12

    88:12 Forgetfulness - In the grave, where men are forgotten by their nearest relations.