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Psalm 30:3 – David’s Soul Brought Up From Sheol

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Psalm 30:3 – Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from Sheol. You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. — World English

“Meaning, that he escaped death most narrowly.” (Geneva Study Bible Notes*) Verse 9 is very revealing, for David says: “What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise you? Shall it declare your truth?” Thus David realized sheol as a condition of destruction, and that his soul in the dust of the ground could not praise Yahweh. These scriptures shows that David did not think of sheol, which he parallels with the pit (Hebrew, Bowr, Strong’s #953), as containing paradise.

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*Beza, Theodore. “Commentary on Psalms 30”. “The 1599 Geneva Study Bible”. http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible/ gen.cgi?book=ps&chapter=030. 1600-1645.

 


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