New American Standard Bible
"If I look for Sheol as my home, I make my bed in the darkness;
King James Bible
If I wait, the grave is mine house: I have made my bed in the darkness.
Darby Bible Translation
If I wait, Sheol is my house; I spread my bed in the darkness:
World English Bible
If I look for Sheol as my house, if I have spread my couch in the darkness,
Young's Literal Translation
If I wait -- Sheol is my house, In darkness I have spread out my couch.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
If I wait - Or more accurately, "truly I expect that the grave will be my home." The word rendered "if" (אם 'ı̂m) is often used in such a sense. The meaning is, "I look certainly to the grave as my home. I have made up my mind to it, and have no other expectation."
The grave - Hebrew שׁאול she'ôl. It may mean here either the grave, or the region of departed spirits, to which he expected soon to descend.
Mine house - My home; my permanent abode.
I have made my bed - I am certain of making my bed there. I shall soon lie down there.
In the darkness - In the grave, or in the dark world to which it leads; see the notes at Job 10:21-22.
LibraryWhether Christ Went Down into the Hell of the Lost?
Objection 1: It would seem that Christ went down into the hell of the lost, because it is said by the mouth of Divine Wisdom (Ecclus. 24:45): "I will penetrate to all the lower parts of the earth." But the hell of the lost is computed among the lower parts of the earth according to Ps. 62:10: "They shall go into the lower parts of the earth." Therefore Christ who is the Wisdom of God, went down even into the hell of the lost. Objection 2: Further, Peter says (Acts 2:24) that "God hath raised up Christ, …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
"For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,
"When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.
"They make night into day, saying, 'The light is near,' in the presence of darkness.
Furthermore, men are afraid of a high place and of terrors on the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags himself along, and the caperberry is ineffective. For man goes to his eternal home while mourners go about in the street.
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