New American Standard Bible
O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol; You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
King James Bible
O LORD, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah, thou hast brought up my soul from Sheol, thou hast quickened me from among those that go down to the pit.
World English Bible
Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Young's Literal Translation
Jehovah, Thou hast brought up from Sheol my soul, Thou hast kept me alive, From going down to the pit.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
O, Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave - My life; me. The meaning is, that he had been in imminent danger of death, and had been brought from the borders of the grave. The word here rendered "grave" is "Sheol" - a word which, properly used, commonly denotes the region of the dead; the underworld which is entered through the grave. Compare Isaiah 14:9, note; Psalm 6:5, note.
Thou hast kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit - More literally, "thou hast caused me to live from them which go down to the pit;" that is, thou hast distinguished me from them by keeping me alive. The word "pit" here means the same as the grave. See the notes at Psalm 28:1.
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A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I call; My rock, do not be deaf to me, For if You are silent to me, I will become like those who go down to the pit.
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