New American Standard Bible
Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
King James Bible
Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
Darby Bible Translation
Wilt thou do wonders to the dead? shall the shades arise and praise thee? Selah.
World English Bible
Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah.
Young's Literal Translation
To the dead dost Thou do wonders? Do Rephaim rise? do they thank Thee? Selah.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? - The wonders - or the things suited to excite admiration - which the living behold. Shall the dead see those things which here tend to excite reverence for thee, and which lead people to worship thee? The idea is that the dead will be cut off from all the privileges which attend the living on earth; or, that those in the grave cannot contemplate the character and the greatness of God. He urges this as a reason why he should be rescued. The sentiment here is substantially the same as in Psalm 6:5. See the notes at that passage. Compare Isaiah 38:18.
Shall the dead arise and praise thee? - The original word, here rendered "the dead," is Rephaim - רפאים rephâ'iym. On its meaning, see the notes at Isaiah 14:9. It means, properly, relaxed, languid, feeble, weak; and is then applied to the dead - the shades - the Manes - dwelling in the under-world in Sheol, or Hades, and supposed to be as shades or shadows, weak and feeble. The question here is not whether they would rise to live again, or appear in this world, but whether in Sheol they would rise up from their resting places, and praise God as men in vigor and in health can on the earth. The question has no reference to the future resurrection. It relates to the supposed dark, dismal, gloomy, inactive state of the dead.
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O Lord, Holy Father, be Thou blessed now and evermore; because as Thou wilt so it is done, and what Thou doest is good. Let Thy servant rejoice in Thee, not in himself, nor in any other; because Thou alone art the true joy, Thou art my hope and my crown, Thou art my joy and my honour, O Lord. What hath Thy servant, which he received not from Thee, even without merit of his own? Thine are all things which Thou hast given, and which Thou hast made. I am poor and in misery even from my youth up,(1) …
Thomas A Kempis—Imitation of Christ
His Past Work.
"The departed spirits tremble Under the waters and their inhabitants.
For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol who will give You thanks?
"What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
The dead do not praise the LORD, Nor do any who go down into silence;
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