New American Standard Bible
You have put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in the depths.
King James Bible
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
Darby Bible Translation
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in dark places, in the deeps.
World English Bible
You have laid me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in depths.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit - That is, I am as if I were thus laid; the deep grave seems now to lie so certainly before me, that it may be spoken of as if it were already my abode. The words rendered "lowest pit" mean literally the pit under, or beneath. The reference is to the sepulchre, as in Psalm 88:4.
In darkness - The dark grave; the realms of the dead. See the notes at Job 10:21-22.
In the deeps - The caverns; the deep places of the earth or the sea. All these expressions are designed to convey the idea that he was near the grave; that there was no hope for him; that he must die. Perhaps also there is connected with this the idea of trouble, of anguish, of sorrow; of that mental darkness of which the grave was an image, and into which he was plunged by the prospect of death. The whole scene was a sad one, and he was overwhelmed with grief, and saw only the prospect of continued sorrow and gloom. Even a good man may be made afraid - may have his mind made sad and sorrowful - by the prospect of dying. See Isaiah 38. Death is naturally gloomy; and when the light of religion does not shine upon the soul, and its comforts do not fill the heart, it is but natural that the mind should be full of gloom.
LibraryHow 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.
May the flood of water not overflow me Nor the deep swallow me up, Nor the pit shut its mouth on me.
Consider the covenant; For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.
For Your lovingkindness toward me is great, And You have delivered my soul from the depths of Sheol.
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
For the enemy has persecuted my soul; He has crushed my life to the ground; He has made me dwell in dark places, like those who have long been dead.
In dark places He has made me dwell, Like those who have long been dead.
I called on Your name, O LORD, Out of the lowest pit.
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