Paul misunderstands Psalm 16:10

Acts 13:35-37, Paul says, "Wherefore, he says also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption; but he whom God raised again, saw no corruption."

The addition, that "David saw corruption," shows that Paul misunderstood the sense of the passage he quoted. The word schachet (rendered "corruption") means a pit, and is synonymous with grave; for David relied on the salvation of the soul of the righteous, and expressed his conviction, that the body alone goes down to the pit, and not the soul with it, into perdition.

Passages, in which the word schachet (pit) occurs, in Psalm 94:13, "Until a pit is dug for the iniquitous man." Proverbs 26:27, "He who diggeth a pit, shall fall into it." Psalm 7:16 [7:15], "He who makes a hole and diggeth it, will fall into the pit he hath made." We cannot perceive, therefore, the authority Paul had to apply the words of that psalm otherwise than in a sense in which its author had evidently designed it.

Note: chapter and verse numbers in brackets [] are the numbers used in the English bible.

 
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