Psalms 88

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A
Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
Maskil of Heman
1 Kin 4:31; 1 Chr 2:6; Psa.89..: title
the Ezrahite.

1 O  Lord, the c  God of my salvation,
I have d  cried out by day and in the night before You.
2Let my prayer e  come before You;
f  Incline Your ear to my cry!
3For my g  soul has
Or been satisfied with
had enough troubles,
And i  my life has drawn near to
I.e. the nether world
4I am reckoned among those who k  go down to the pit;
I have become like a man l  without strength,
Lit A freed one among the dead
Forsaken n  among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And they are o  cut off from Your hand.
6You have put me in p  the lowest pit,
In q  dark places, in the r  depths.
7Your wrath s  has rested upon me,
And You have afflicted me with t  all Your waves.
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
8You have removed v  my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an
Lit abomination to them
x  object of loathing to them;
I am y  shut up and cannot go out.
9My z  eye has wasted away because of affliction;
I have aa  called upon You every day, O  Lord;
I have ab  spread out my
Lit palms
hands to You.

10Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Will ad  the
Or ghosts, shades
departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
11Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in
I.e. place of destruction
12Will Your wonders be made known in the ag  darkness?
And Your
I.e. faithfulness to His gracious promises
righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13But I, O  Lord, have cried out ai  to You for help,
And aj  in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14O  Lord, why ak  do You reject my soul?
Why do You al  hide Your face from me?
15I was afflicted and am  about to die from my youth on;
I suffer an  Your terrors; I am
Or embarrassed
16Your ap  burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have
Or silenced
ar  destroyed me.
17They have as  surrounded me at  like water all day long;
They have au  encompassed me altogether.
18You have removed av  lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness.

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