Isaiah 38:10–20

10 I said,

“In the prime of my life

I shall go to the gates of Sheol;

I am deprived of the remainder of my years.”

11 I said,

“I shall not see 2Yah,

The Lord gin the land of the living;

I shall observe man no more 3among the inhabitants of 4the world.

12 hMy life span is gone,

Taken from me like a shepherd’s tent;

I have cut off my life like a weaver.

He cuts me off from the loom;

From day until night You make an end of me.

13 I have considered until morning—

Like a lion,

So He breaks all my bones;

From day until night You make an end of me.

14 Like a crane or a swallow, so I chattered;

iI mourned like a dove;

My eyes fail from looking upward.

O 5Lord, I am oppressed;

6Undertake for me!

15 “What shall I say?

7He has both spoken to me,

And He Himself has done it.

I shall walk carefully all my years

jIn the bitterness of my soul.

16 O Lord, by these things men live;

And in all these things is the life of my spirit;

So You will restore me and make me live.

17 Indeed it was for my own peace

That I had great bitterness;

But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption,

For You have cast all my sins behind Your back.

18 For kSheol cannot thank You,

Death cannot praise You;

Those who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your truth.

19 The living, the living man, he shall praise You,

As I do this day;

lThe father shall make known Your truth to the children.

20 “The Lord was ready to save me;

Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments

All the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.”

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Heb. Yah, Yah


LXX omits among the inhabitants of the world


So with some Heb. mss.; MT, Vg. rest; Tg. land


So with Bg.; MT, DSS Lord


Be my surety


So with MT, Vg.; DSS, Tg. And shall I say to Him; LXX omits first half of this verse