Psalm 55:15  



Psalm 55:15

Let death seize upon them,
and let them go down quick into hell:
for wickedness 
is in their dwellings, and among them. 

Does quick in this verse means alive or fast?

3 Answers

Looking at the context of the chapter it is about suffering and a curse being wished upon a group of people or a city.

If you think of quick as in "alive", with "quickened" meaning "made alive" and drop the last part of that word and have it just mean "alive" [and not in the verb sense like "quickened" is], I would assume that means David is praying to have these people or this city thrown into hell alive instead of dying first - just a more intense way to pray for God to curse them.

"And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; " Ephesians 2:1 . But then again with that verse it seems like the lost don't have their spirits made alive before they are thrown into hell. Maybe it's only talking about their bodies and not their spirits in that verse in Psalms.



This post was modified 2 months ago 9 times by Joshua S

"Quick" only appears 10 times, and seems to always refer to alive.

"Quickly" appears 38 times, and seems to always refer to speed.

There is also  ~27 "Quicken, Quickeneth, Quickened" again seems to be referring to life.

Similar to:

Num 16:30  But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. 

Num 16:33  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation. 

It is kind of a dual meaning also because any time you go right into hell alive, it is also 'quick' (fast) ... that is to say, a sudden event.


Hi, reading the whole chapter David is suffering from those who are devils, and pleading that they get killed before they do more harm. The faster they go the better everyone else is.


Hope this helps!


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