“What is gained if I am silenced,
    if I go down to the pit?(A)
Will the dust praise you?
    Will it proclaim your faithfulness?(B)

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10 Do you show your wonders to the dead?
    Do their spirits rise up and praise you?(A)
11 Is your love declared in the grave,
    your faithfulness(B) in Destruction[a]?
12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,
    or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 88:11 Hebrew Abaddon

17 It is not the dead(A) who praise the Lord,
    those who go down to the place of silence;

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10 Whatever(A) your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,(B) for in the realm of the dead,(C) where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.(D)

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18 For the grave(A) cannot praise you,
    death cannot sing your praise;(B)
those who go down to the pit(C)
    cannot hope for your faithfulness.

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