Psalm 88:3
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New American Standard Bible
For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.

King James Bible
For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

Darby Bible Translation
For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh to Sheol.

World English Bible
For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to Sheol.

Young's Literal Translation
For my soul hath been full of evils, And my life hath come to Sheol.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

For my soul is full of troubles - I am full of trouble. The word rendered as "full" means properly to satiate as with food; that is, when as much had been taken as could be. So he says here, that this trouble was as great as he could bear; he could sustain no more. He had reached the utmost point of endurance; he had no power to bear anymore.

And my life draweth nigh unto the grave - Hebrew, to Sheol. Compare the notes at Isaiah 14:9; notes at Job 10:21-22. It may mean here either the grave, or the abode of the dead. He was about to die. Unless he found relief he must go down to the abodes of the dead. The Hebrew word rendered life is in the plural number, as in Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:14, Genesis 3:17; Genesis 6:17; Genesis 7:15; et al. Why the plural was used as applicable to life cannot now be known with certainty. It may have been to accord with the fact that man has two kinds of life; the animal life - or life in common with the inferior creation; and intellectual, or higher life - the life of the soul. Compare the notes at 1 Thessalonians 5:23. The meaning here is, that he was about to die; or that his life or lives approached that state when the grave closes over us; the extinction of the mere animal life; and the separation of the soul - the immortal part - from the body.

Psalm 88:3 Parallel Commentaries

How a Desolate Man Ought to Commit Himself into the Hands of God
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.
His past work was accomplished by Him when he became incarnate. It was finished when He died on Calvary's cross. We have therefore to consider first of all these fundamentals of our faith. I. The Work of the Son of God is foreshadowed and predicted in the Old Testament Scriptures. II. The incarnation of the Son of God. III. His Work on the cross and what has been accomplished by it. I. Through the Old Testament Scriptures, God announced beforehand the work of His Son. This is a great theme and one
A. C. Gaebelein—The Work Of Christ

Cross References
Job 17:1
"My spirit is broken, my days are extinguished, The grave is ready for me.

Psalm 6:3
And my soul is greatly dismayed; But You, O LORD-- how long?

Psalm 107:18
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death.

Psalm 107:26
They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; Their soul melted away in their misery.

Psalm 116:3
The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow.

Psalm 141:7
As when one plows and breaks open the earth, Our bones have been scattered at the mouth of Sheol.

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