Psalm 88:1
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New International Version
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.

New Living Translation
For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. A song to be sung to the tune "The Suffering of Affliction." A psalm of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out to you by day. I come to you at night.

English Standard Version
O LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you.

New American Standard Bible
A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You.

King James Bible
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:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. LORD, God of my salvation, I cry out before You day and night.

International Standard Version
LORD, God of my salvation, by day and by night I cry out before you.

NET Bible
A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style; a well-written song by Heman the Ezrachite. O LORD God who delivers me! By day I cry out and at night I pray before you.

New Heart English Bible
[A Song. A Psalm by the sons of Korah. For the Chief Musician. To the tune of "The Suffering of Affliction." A contemplation by Heman, the Ezrahite.] LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah, God of my salvation, in the daytime I have cried and before you in the nighttime.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song; a psalm by Korah's descendants; for the choir director; according to [mahalath leannoth]; a [maskil] by Heman the Ezrahite.] O LORD God, my savior, I cry out to you during the day and at night.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song, a Psalm of the sons of Korah; for the Leader; upon Mahalath Leannoth. Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, God of my salvation, What time I cry in the night before Thee,

New American Standard 1977
O Lord, the God of my salvation,
            I have cried out by day and in the night before Thee.

Jubilee Bible 2000
O LORD God of my saving health, I cry day and night before Thee;

King James 2000 Bible
O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

American King James Version
O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

American Standard Version
O Jehovah, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A canticle of a psalm for the sons of Core: unto the end, for Maheleth, to answer understanding of Eman the Ezrahite. O Lord, the God of my salvation: I have cried in the day, and in the night before thee.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song, a Psalm for the sons of Korah. To the chief Musician. Upon Mahalath Leannoth. An instruction. Of Heman the Ezrahite.} Jehovah, God of my salvation, I have cried by day [and] in the night before thee.

English Revised Version
A Song, a Psalm of the sons of Korah; for the Chief Musician; set to Mahalath Leannoth. Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

Webster's Bible Translation
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:

World English Bible
Yahweh, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you.

Young's Literal Translation
A Song, a Psalm, by sons of Korah, to the Overseer, 'Concerning the Sickness of Afflictions.' -- An instruction, by Heman the Ezrahite. O Jehovah, God of my salvation, Daily I have cried, nightly before Thee,
Study Bible
I have Cried Day and Night Before You
1A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You. 2Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry!…
Cross References
Luke 18:7
Will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night? Will He continue to defer their help?

1 Kings 4:31
For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations.

1 Chronicles 2:6
The sons of Zerah were Zimri, Ethan, Heman, Calcol and Dara; five of them in all.

Psalm 22:2
O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest.

Psalm 24:5
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psalm 27:9
Do not hide Your face from me, Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not abandon me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation!

Psalm 86:3
Be gracious to me, O Lord, For to You I cry all day long.

Psalm 89:1
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.

Jonah 2:2
and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
Treasury of Scripture

O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you:

A.M. cir

Psalm 53:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, …

A Psalm of Heman the Ezrahite, giving instruction. Supposed to have been written by Heman, son of Zerah, and grandson of Judah, on the oppression of the Hebrews in Egypt.

Heman

1 Kings 4:31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, …

1 Chronicles 2:6 And the sons of Zerah; Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and …

Lord

Psalm 27:1,9 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD …

Psalm 51:14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, you God of my salvation: …

Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and …

Psalm 65:6 Which by his strength sets fast the mountains; being girded with power:

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God …

Psalm 79:9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name: and …

Psalm 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my …

Genesis 49:18 I have waited for your salvation, O LORD.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for …

Luke 1:47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

Luke 2:30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

Titus 2:10,13 Not purloining, but showing all good fidelity; that they may adorn …

Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared…

I have

Psalm 22:2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but you hear not; and in the night …

Psalm 86:3 Be merciful to me, O Lord: for I cry to you daily.

Nehemiah 1:6 Let your ear now be attentive, and your eyes open, that you may hear …

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed …

Luke 18:7 And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night to …

1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and …

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

Verse 1. - O Lord God of my salvation. This is the one "word of trust," which some get rid of by an emendation. But the Septuagint supports the existing Hebrew text; and it is in harmony with the rest of Scripture. The saints of God never despair. I have cried day and night before thee; literally, by day have I cried - by night before thee; a trembling, gasping utterance (Kay). O Lord God of my salvation,.... The author both of temporal and spiritual salvation; see Psalm 18:46 from the experience the psalmist had had of the Lord's working salvation for him in times past, he is encouraged to hope that he would appear for him, and help him out of his present distress; his faith was not so low, but that amidst all his darkness and dejection he could look upon the Lord as his God, and the God of salvation to him; so our Lord Jesus Christ, when deserted by his Father, still called him his God, and believed that he would help him, Psalm 22:1.

I have cried day and night before thee, or "in the day I have cried, and in the night before thee"; that is, as the Targum paraphrases it,

"in the night my prayer was before thee.''

prayer being expressed by crying shows the person to be in distress, denotes the earnestness of it, and shows it to be vocal; and it being both in the day and in the night, that it was without ceasing. The same is said by Christ, Psalm 22:2 and is true of him, who in the days of his flesh was frequent in prayer, and especially in the night season, Luke 6:12 and particularly his praying in the garden the night he was betrayed may be here referred to, Matthew 26:38.

(a) "pro infirmitate ad affligendum", so some in Munster; "de miseria ad affligendum", Tigurine version; "de infirmitate affligente", Piscator, so Gussetius, p. 622. (b) Works, vol. 1. p. 699. (c) Tractat. Theolog. Politic. c. 10. p. 184. (d) Apud Meor Enayim, c. 32. p. 106. 1 O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee,

2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.

7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.

8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

9 Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.

10 Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.

11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?

12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

14 Lord, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

continued...PSALM 88

Ps 88:1-18. Upon Mahalath—either an instrument, as a lute, to be used as an accompaniment (Leannoth, "for singing") or, as others think, an enigmatic title (see on [619]Ps 5:1, [620]Ps 22:1, and [621]Ps 45:1, titles), denoting the subject—that is, "sickness or disease, for humbling," the idea of spiritual maladies being often represented by disease (compare Ps 6:5, 6; 22:14, 15, etc.). On the other terms, see on [622]Ps 42:1 and [623]Ps 32:1. Heman and Ethan (see on [624]Ps 89:1, title) were David's singers (1Ch 6:18, 33; 15:17), of the family of Kohath. If the persons alluded to (1Ki 4:31; 1Ch 2:6), they were probably adopted into the tribe of Judah. Though called a song, which usually implies joy (Ps 83:1), both the style and matter of the Psalm are very despondent; yet the appeals to God evince faith, and we may suppose that the word "song" might be extended to such compositions.

1, 2. Compare on the terms used, Ps 22:2; 31:2.88:1-9 The first words of the psalmist are the only words of comfort and support in this psalm. Thus greatly may good men be afflicted, and such dismal thoughts may they have about their afflictions, and such dark conclusion may they make about their end, through the power of melancholy and the weakness of faith. He complained most of God's displeasure. Even the children of God's love may sometimes think themselves children of wrath and no outward trouble can be so hard upon them as that. Probably the psalmist described his own case, yet he leads to Christ. Thus are we called to look unto Jesus, wounded and bruised for our iniquities. But the wrath of God poured the greatest bitterness into his cup. This weighed him down into darkness and the deep.
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