Psalms 88

A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.


O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
for the sons: or, of the sons
Maschil...: or, A Psalm of Heman the Ezrahite, giving instruction
2Let my prayer come before thee: incline thy ear to my cry; 3For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth near to the grave. 4I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength: 5Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
from: or, by
6Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. 7Thy wrath lieth heavy upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah. 8Thou hast put away my acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination to them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth. 9My eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands to thee.

10Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah. 11Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? 12Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 13But to thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer come before thee. 14LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me? 15I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. 16Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off. 17They came around me daily like water; they surrounded me together.
daily: or, all the day
18Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and my acquaintance into darkness.

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