Psalms 31:12

12 I am forgotten: gone from memory like a dead person-like broken pottery.

Psalms 31:12 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 31:12

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind
Either by his friends, being out of sight, out of mind; as even the nearest relations and acquaintance are, in process of time, when dead, ( Ecclesiastes 9:5 ) ; or by the Lord; which shows the weakness of his faith, the uncomfortable frame he was in, through darkness and desertion; see ( Psalms 88:5 ) ( Isaiah 49:14-16 ) ;

I am like a broken vessel;
or a "perishing vessel" F3; or "a vessel of perdition" F4: the Septuagint version renders it "a lost vessel" F5; one entirely useless, wholly lost, and irrecoverably so; like a broken vessel, which can never be put together again, ( Isaiah 30:14 ) ( Jeremiah 19:11 ) ; a most sad apprehension he had of himself, as if his case was desperate, and he a vessel of wrath; compare with this, ( Romans 9:22 ) .


F3 (dba ylkk) "sicut vas periens", Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus.
F4 So Ainsworth.
F5 V. L. Pagninus, Musculus, Piscator.

Psalms 31:12 In-Context

10 Indeed, my life is consumed with grief, and my years with groaning; my strength has failed because of my sinfulness, and my bones waste away.
11 I am ridiculed by all my adversaries and even by my neighbors. I am an object of dread to my acquaintances; those who see me in the street run from me.
12 I am forgotten: gone from memory like a dead person-like broken pottery.
13 I have heard the gossip of many; terror is on every side. When they conspired against me, they plotted to take my life.
14 But I trust in You, Lord; I say, "You are my God."
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