Psalm 31:12

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind,.... Either by his friends, being out of sight, out of mind; as even the nearest relations and acquaintance are, in process of time, when dead, Ecclesiastes 9:5; or by the Lord; which shows the weakness of his faith, the uncomfortable frame he was in, through darkness and desertion; see Psalms 88:5;

I am like a broken vessel; or a "perishing vessel" {c}; or "a vessel of perdition" {d}: the Septuagint version renders it "a lost vessel" {e}; one entirely useless, wholly lost, and irrecoverably so; like a broken vessel, which can never be put together again, Isaiah 30:14; a most sad apprehension he had of himself, as if his case was desperate, and he a vessel of wrath; compare with this, Romans 9:22.

{c} dba ylkk "sicut vas periens", Montanus, Cocceius, Gejerus.
{d} So Ainsworth.
{e} V. L. Pagninus, Musculus, Piscator.