I'm specifically talking about the following passages (courtesy of this very insightful answer):
Psalm 6:5 "For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol, who will praise You?"
Psalm 88:10-12 "Will You perform wonders for the dead? Or will the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah 11 Will Your graciousness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon? 12 Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?"
Psalm 115:17 "It is not the dead who praise the LORD, nor any of those descending into the silence of death."
Psalm 146:4 "His spirit departs, and he returns to the earth. On that very day, his thoughts perish."
Quoting the aforementioned answer:
Do these scriptures make it seem as though the dead are capable of speaking, thinking, or being aware? Death is said to be silent and as the darkness. It's called the land of forgetfulness. The dead cannot thank, cannot praise, cannot hope; all feats that require mental faculties to be accomplished. In Sheol, there is absolutely no declaration of God, or of His faithfulness/graciousness, or of anything He performs. When we die, our spirits depart to God who gave it, and we return to the dust from which we were taken; consequently, our thoughts perish altogether. And most of all, the dead know naught; they have no knowledge, wisdom, thinking, or work in the place where they are.
Question: How do those who believe that the dead are conscious explain these passages from Psalms that seem to suggest otherwise?
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