New American Bible (Revised Edition)
Hezekiah’s Hymn of Thanksgiving. 9 The song of Hezekiah, king of Judah, after he had been sick and had recovered from his illness:
10 In the noontime of life[a] I said,
I must depart!
To the gates of Sheol I have been consigned
for the rest of my years.(A)
11 I said, I shall see the Lord[b] no more
in the land of the living.
Nor look on any mortals
among those who dwell in the world.
12 My dwelling, like a shepherd’s tent,
is struck down and borne away from me;
You have folded up my life, like a weaver
who severs me from the last thread.[c](B)
From morning to night you make an end of me;
13 I cry out even until the dawn.
Like a lion he breaks all my bones;
from morning to night you make an end of me.(C)
14 Like a swallow I chirp;
I moan like a dove.
My eyes grow weary looking heavenward:
Lord, I am overwhelmed; go security for me!
15 [d]What am I to say or tell him?
He is the one who has done it!
All my sleep has fled,
because of the bitterness of my soul.
16 Those live whom the Lord protects;
yours is the life of my spirit.
You have given me health and restored my life!
17 Peace in place of bitterness!
You have preserved my life
from the pit of destruction;
Behind your back
you cast all my sins.[e]
18 [f]For it is not Sheol that gives you thanks,
nor death that praises you;
Neither do those who go down into the pit
await your kindness.(D)
19 The living, the living give you thanks,
as I do today.
Parents declare to their children,
O God, your faithfulness.
20 The Lord is there to save us.
We shall play our music
In the house of the Lord
all the days of our life.
- 38:10 In the noontime of life: long before the end of a full span of life; cf. Ps 55:24; 102:25.
- 38:11 See the Lord: go to the Temple and take part in its service.
- 38:12 These two metaphors emphasize the suddenness and finality of death.
- 38:15–16 The Hebrew text is very problematic and its meaning uncertain.
- 38:17 Behind your back you cast all my sins: figurative language to express the divine forgiveness of sins, as if God no longer saw or cared about them.
- 38:18–19 See note on Ps 6:6.
New International Version
9 A writing of Hezekiah king of Judah after his illness and recovery:
10 I said, “In the prime of my life(A)
must I go through the gates of death(B)
and be robbed of the rest of my years?(C)”
11 I said, “I will not again see the Lord himself(D)
in the land of the living;(E)
no longer will I look on my fellow man,
or be with those who now dwell in this world.
12 Like a shepherd’s tent(F) my house
has been pulled down(G) and taken from me.
Like a weaver I have rolled(H) up my life,
and he has cut me off from the loom;(I)
day and night(J) you made an end of me.
13 I waited patiently(K) till dawn,
but like a lion he broke(L) all my bones;(M)
day and night(N) you made an end of me.
14 I cried like a swift or thrush,
I moaned like a mourning dove.(O)
My eyes grew weak(P) as I looked to the heavens.
I am being threatened; Lord, come to my aid!”(Q)
15 But what can I say?(R)
He has spoken to me, and he himself has done this.(S)
I will walk humbly(T) all my years
because of this anguish of my soul.(U)
16 Lord, by such things people live;
and my spirit finds life in them too.
You restored me to health
and let me live.(V)
17 Surely it was for my benefit(W)
that I suffered such anguish.(X)
In your love you kept me
from the pit(Y) of destruction;
you have put all my sins(Z)
behind your back.(AA)
18 For the grave(AB) cannot praise you,
death cannot sing your praise;(AC)
those who go down to the pit(AD)
cannot hope for your faithfulness.
19 The living, the living—they praise(AE) you,
as I am doing today;
parents tell their children(AF)
about your faithfulness.