Psalm 6:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 6:5, NIV: "Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?"

Psalm 6:5, ESV: "For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who will give you praise?"

Psalm 6:5, KJV: "For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?"

Psalm 6:5, NASB: "For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol, who will praise You?"

Psalm 6:5, NLT: "For the dead do not remember you. Who can praise you from the grave?"

Psalm 6:5, CSB: "For there is no remembrance of you in death; who can thank you in Sheol?"

What does Psalm 6:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

A theme of David's life was a sincere desire to praise and worship God (Psalm 9:1–2; 34:1; 145:1–2). As his situation becomes dire, David may have thought death was near. He notes that those who are dead cannot honor God or worship Him. "Sheol" refers to the grave or the realm of the dead. Old Testament believers did not have as clear a picture of life beyond the grave as do New Testament believers. David was thinking that dead bodies cannot remember the Lord and praise Him.

He wants the Lord to deliver him and keep him alive so he can reflect on God's character and goodness and praise Him for both. However, Old Testament believers did have a faint idea of what lay beyond death. For instance, in Psalm 49:15 the psalmist declares, "But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me."