Psalms 16:10

“For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Psalms 16:10

For thou wilt not leaue my soule in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine holy one to see corruption.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol; Neither wilt thou suffer thy holy one to see corruption.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For you will not let my soul be prisoned in the underworld; you will not let your loved one see the place of death.
- Basic English Bible

For thou wilt not leave my soul to Sheol, neither wilt thou allow thy Holy One to see corruption.
- Darby Bible

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
- Webster's Bible

For you will not leave my soul in Sheol, neither will you allow your holy one to see corruption.
- World English Bible

For Thou dost not leave my soul to Sheol, Nor givest thy saintly one to see corruption.
- Youngs Literal Bible

For Thou wilt not abandon my soul to the nether-world; neither wilt Thou suffer Thy godly one to see the pit.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Psalms 16:10

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 16:10

16:10 Hell - In the state of the dead. Holy one - Me thy holy son, whom thou hast sanctified and sent into the world. It is peculiar to Christ, to be called the holy one of God. To see - To be corrupted or putrefied in the grave, as the bodies of others are.

Discussion for Psalms 16:10

  • Susan Dalton on Psalms 16:10
    "For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." (Psalm 16:10)

    I will do my best to retell this from memory. There was a pilot who was shot down flying over enemy territory. He was able to parachute out of his plane, and land on the ground. He began to try and make radio contact to be rescued. He knew this was risky, because the enemy could pick up his transmissions and locate him; yet, it was his only chance to save his life.

    He kept making transmissions, yet, no answer. Though his transmissions could not be received, there were aircraft out searching for him. They had been flying and looking and listening for any communications; yet, they had come up empty.

    He had survived some four days, continually trying to make contact; yet, no answer. On a search mission, the airplanes searching for him had used up all their fuel looking for him. They were to turn back and head home. One pilot decided he would fly closer into enemy territory. The other pilot told him to turn back that he would not have enough fuel to get back. The pilot said he felt he had enough fuel, and he could not leave knowing he would be leaving a man down, who might still be alive. He flew over closer into enemy territory. As he did, he heard a transmission; it was the pilot who was shot down. He told him he heard him, and he had his location, and he would be back. The enemy had heard the transmissions and were quickly seeking to locate the down man. A helicopter came to pick up the down pilot. As he was running to get on the helicopter the enemy was closing in. As the helicopter was taking off, the enemy began firing on them. The helicopter managed to get away.

    Later a top official was called and was told "it was a pick up." The top official had tears in his eyes as he retold the encounter. His soul expressed the relief that they had got their man safely out of the enemy's territory and out of sure death.

    Sometimes you may be shot down, and find yourself behind enemy lines. You may be on the radio, and hear no one answering. You may need "a pick up."
    Sometimes you may be the one in the plane risking even your on self, placing yourself over enemy lines to seek someone down. Sometimes you may be the one watching and waiting to see if those you've sent get the job done.

    In this case, there was a "pick up." What if there is no pick up? What if no one hears your transmission? What if others give up, or turn back from the search? What if even God lets you lie? We see in Revelation 11:7 that when the two witnesses have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

    Even if God allows His believers not to be delivered from certain deaths, we are already "picked up." We walk in life even behind enemy lines even unto death. He has already picked us up. He has promised to "pick up" our body of flesh one day.

    In every circumstance, we may not presently be delivered from death in our body. The two witnesses were raised from the dead three and an half days later. Jesus raised from the dead three days later.

    Whether we live or we die, we who are in the Lord are alive. God has picked us up and quickened us by His spirit. He can pick the soul up and make it alive in death; He will pick up this mortal flesh and make it immortal some day. He will pick up heaven and earth and make them new some day.

    Everyone was full of emotion to have accomplished the rescue mission for the pilot successfully. What joy there will be in heaven when God sends Jesus for the final pick up of all of His soldiers.

    Until that day, keep the helmet and all the armour of God on, and stay in the fight.


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