Monday, January 23, 2017

Psalm 6:5 - No Giving of Thanks in Sheol

Psalm 6:5 - For in death there is no memory of you. In Sheol, who shall give you thanks [Hebrew, Yadah (transliterated), "laud, praise", or, "praise for mercies." -- Fausset*] -- World English.
David is here speaking of closeness of his Impending own death. David's statement here is probably one of the most damaging to the theory that sheol consists of several compartments, or that those in sheol are conscious of anything. Certainly if David expected to go to the supposed paradise in sheol when he died, he would also expect to to give thanks to Jehovah in such a place; alternatively, David was certainly not saying that he expected to go to a place of eternal torture in sheol. However, once we realize that sheol is the oblivious, unconscious realm of death, we can see how this scripture fits well with other scriptures. -- Psalm 115:17; Ecclesiastes 9:5,6,10. -------- *Jamieson, Robert, D.D. "Commentary on Psalm 6". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". http://www.studylight.org/com/jfb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=006. 1871

Some have claimed that Psalm 6:5 is not speaking literally, that it is speaking "poetically"; thus it is claimed that David did not did not mean for this to be an actual description of those in sheol. While it is true that the Psalms are poetical, there is no reason to believe this means that we should view David's description here to mean anything other than what he stated, except that one wishes to discard what David said in order to hold onto the dualistic philosophy that the dead are not dead. Psalm 88:5 is cited to prove such an pictorial use. It is claimed that it is not true that God does not remember anymore. Yet when one examines Psalm 88:5 in its context, we can see that what David actually supports Psalm 6:5. God does no more remember the dead in the sense that his lovingkindness, his blessings, reach them while they are dead. See our comments on Psalm 88:3.

It is further claimed that by taking Psalm 6:5 in context with verse 4, that we should see that David is explaining to the reader that the living, not the dead, remember God's mercies and celebrate his deliverance. Verse 4 reads: "Return, Jehovah. Deliver my soul, And save me for your lovingkindness' sake." One states: "Verse 5 of Psalm 6, when put back in context is a continuation of verse 4, explaining to the reader that the living not the dead remember God’s mercies and celebrate His deliverance." The statement itself is true; yet it also confirms what we say. But the writer continues: "For as the context of Psalm 6 shows the perspective is from this physical life." Evidently by this he means that all that Paul is referring to is this physical life, and that one actually does not continue to praise Jehovah in sheol. This again reads a whole lot into the what David said that just isn't there, with the evident desire to support the paganistic thought that the dead are not dead.

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