Psalms 28:1
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1  Of David. Hashem, I call to You; my rock, do not disregard me, for if You hold aloof from me, I shall be like those gone down into the Pit.

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א  לְדָוִד אֵלֶיךָ יְהֹוָה אֶקְרָא צוּרִי אַל־תֶּחֱרַשׁ מִמֶּנִּי פֶּן־תֶּחֱשֶׁה מִמֶּנִּי וְנִמְשַׁלְתִּי עִם־יוֹרְדֵי בוֹר׃

 28:1   I shall be like those gone down into the Pit

In this verse, King David declares that if Hashem remains silent to his request he will die. The metaphor he uses for death is descent into a pit. Sefer Bereishit (chapter 37) describes the descent of Yosef into a pit at the suggestion of Reuven. Rashi (Genesis 37:28) explains that though the pit was empty of water, it was filled with snakes and scorpions. By Jewish law, Yosef would be considered dead, due to the extreme danger of the situation. However, the verse says that by throwing him into the pit, Reuven actually saved Yosef from his brothers (Genesis 37:21), while the Sages criticize Yehuda for taking Yosef out of the pit and selling him into slavery. Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin explains that living in Eretz Yisrael, even surrounded by dangers such as snakes and scorpions, is better than living outside of Israel in relative security.

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  • To be cut of from God would indeed be such a horrible thing. i would not want to imagine such a terrible and lonely thing such as this. i think the pain of separation would be heart breaking. Without the Love & bond with God David and i would feel death would seem to be a better choice or perhaps not to have been born at all. Being thrown into the pit does have a double meaning. Sometimes hitting bottom can save a person. A person once hitting the bottom can be brought back to the top by being rebuilt. shedding the old and putting on the new. It was mentioned that sometimes living out of Israel would be the better thing. Come to think of it if you use the example of Moses, living out of the Hebrew slaves. Moses being raised Egyptian. Moses later finding out his Hebrew roots and defending his people by the Power of God. He was taken from within, then lived from the out, then placed back in by the very hand of God to accomplish the impossible. How great is the hand of Our God?

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Psalms 28:1

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