PSALM 89:48



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“What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.”

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Psalm 89:48 Translation & Meaning

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What מִ֤י Who? (occasionally, by a peculiar idiom, of things); also (indefinitely) whoever; often used in oblique construction with prefix or suffix What
man גֶ֣בֶר Properly, a valiant man or warrior; generally, a person simply man
is he that (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
liveth, יִֽ֭חְיֶה To live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively, to revive liveth
and shall not וְלֹ֣א Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles not
see יִרְאֶה To see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative) see
death? מָּ֑וֶת Death (natural or violent); concretely, the dead, their place or state (hades); figuratively, pestilence, ruin death
shall he deliver יְמַלֵּ֨ט Properly, to be smooth, i.e., (by implication) to escape (as if by slipperiness); causatively, to release or rescue; specifically, to bring forth young, emit sparks deliver
his soul נַפְשׁ֖וֹ Properly, a breathing creature, i.e., animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental) soul
from the hand מִיַּד A hand (the open one [indicating power, means, direction, etc.], in distinction from H3709, the closed one); used (as noun, adverb, etc.) in a great variety of applications, both literally and figuratively, both proximate and remote [as follows] hand
of the grave? שְׁא֣וֹל Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates grave
Selah. סֶֽלָה׃ Suspension (of music), i.e., pause Selah

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  • 46  How long, Lord? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?

  • 47  Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?

  • 48  What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

  • 49  Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?

  • 50  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;

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