I said, “I will not see Yah,
Yah in the land of the living.
I will no longer look on humankind
along with those who live in this world. Bible other translations

“I will not see Yah.” “Yah” is a shorter name for “Yahweh.” Isaiah 38:11-20 is one of the sections in the Word of God that shows that when a person dies they are dead in every way, not alive in heaven, “Hell,” or some other place. They are dead, lifeless, until they are raised from the dead at the resurrection. The great Judean king, Hezekiah, when facing death did not talk about going to heaven or to a good place. He said, “I will not see Yah...you [God] will make an end of me...you [God] will make an end of me” (Isa. 38:11-13). Because Hezekiah did not die but was healed, he exclaimed, “You have delivered my soul from the pit of oblivion” (Isa. 38:17). Then Hezekiah went on to say, “Those who go down into the pit [the grave] cannot have hope for your faithfulness” (Isa. 38:18). The reason that a dead person “cannot have hope for your [God’s] faithfulness” is that dead people are dead, totally lifeless, so they do not know anything and cannot have hope. [For more on people being lifeless when they die, see Appendix 4, “The Dead are Dead”].

Commentary for: Isaiah 38:11