Psalm 88:13
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New International Version
But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

New Living Translation
O LORD, I cry out to you. I will keep on pleading day by day.

English Standard Version
But I, O LORD, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you.

New American Standard Bible
But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.

King James Bible
But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I call to You for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer meets You.

International Standard Version
As for me, I cry out to you LORD, and in the morning my prayer greets you.

NET Bible
As for me, I cry out to you, O LORD; in the morning my prayer confronts you.

New Heart English Bible
But to you, LORD, I have cried. In the morning, my prayer comes before you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And I have cried to you, Lord Jehovah, and at dawn my prayer will come before your presence!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I cry out to you for help, O LORD, and in the morning my prayer will come into your presence.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But as for me, unto Thee, O LORD, do I cry, And in the morning doth my prayer come to meet Thee.

New American Standard 1977
But I, O LORD, have cried out to Thee for help,
            And in the morning my prayer comes before Thee.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.

King James 2000 Bible
But unto you have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer come before you.

American King James Version
But to you have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent you.

American Standard Version
But unto thee, O Jehovah, have I cried; And in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I, O Lord, have cried to thee: and in the morning my prayer shall prevent thee.

Darby Bible Translation
But as for me, Jehovah, I cry unto thee, and in the morning my prayer cometh before thee.

English Revised Version
But unto thee, O LORD, have I cried, and in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
But to thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.

World English Bible
But to you, Yahweh, I have cried. In the morning, my prayer comes before you.

Young's Literal Translation
And I, unto Thee, O Jehovah, I have cried, And in the morning doth my prayer come before Thee.
Study Bible
I have Cried Day and Night Before You
12Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 13But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help, And in the morning my prayer comes before You. 14O LORD, why do You reject my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?…
Cross References
Psalm 5:3
In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.

Psalm 30:2
O LORD my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.

Psalm 55:17
Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice.

Psalm 59:16
But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress.

Psalm 119:147
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words.

Isaiah 50:4
The Lord GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, That I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.
Treasury of Scripture

But to you have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent you.

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Psalm 5:3 My voice shall you hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will …

Psalm 119:147,148 I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in your word…

Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, …

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Psalm 21:3 For you prevent him with the blessings of goodness: you set a crown …

(13) But unto Thee . . .--Better, But as for me, I, &c. The pronoun is emphatic. The speaker has not gone down to the land where all is silent and forgotten, and can therefore still cry to God, and send his prayer to meet (prevent, i.e. go to meet; see Psalm 17:13) the Divine Being who still has an interest in him. And this makes the expostulation of the next verses still stronger. Why, since the sufferer is still alive, is he forsaken, or seemingly forsaken, by the God of that covenant in which he still abides?

Verse 13. - But unto thee have I cried, O Lord; literally, but as for me, to thee have I cried. The psalmist returns from the somewhat vague speculations of vers. 10-12 to fact and to himself. He is not yet a mere shade, an inhabitant of Sheol; he is in the flesh, upon the earth; he can still cry, and does still cry, to Jehovah. There is thus still a faint gleam of hope for him. And in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. The psalmist will draw out God's mercy, as it were, before its time, by importuning him with early and continual prayer (comp. vers. 1, 9). But unto thee have I cried, O Lord,.... Formerly, and had been heard, answered, and relieved, and which was an encouragement to cry again to him in his distress; Christ was always heard, John 11:42, or, now, in his present case, yet was not heard, at least not immediately answered; which was the case of the Messiah, when forsaken by his God and Father, Psalm 22:1, yet still determines to continue praying, as follows:

and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee; not before the Lord is awake, and can hear; for he neither slumbers nor sleeps, and he always hears: but the meaning is, that he would pray before he entered upon another business; this should be the first thing in the morning he would do, and this he would do before others did, or he himself used to do; before the usual time of morning prayer; signifying, he would pray to him very early, which is expressive of his vehemency, fervency, and importunity and earnestness, and what a sense he had of his case, and of his need of divine help: so Christ rose early in the morning, a great while before day, to pray, Mark 1:35. See Gill on Psalm 5:4. 13. prevent—meet—that is, he will diligently come before God for help (Ps 18:41).88:10-18 Departed souls may declare God's faithfulness, justice, and lovingkindness; but deceased bodies can neither receive God's favours in comfort, nor return them in praise. The psalmist resolved to continue in prayer, and the more so, because deliverance did not come speedily. Though our prayers are not soon answered, yet we must not give over praying. The greater our troubles, the more earnest and serious we should be in prayer. Nothing grieves a child of God so much as losing sight of him; nor is there any thing he so much dreads as God's casting off his soul. If the sun be clouded, that darkens the earth; but if the sun should leave the earth, what a dungeon would it be! Even those designed for God's favours, may for a time suffer his terrors. See how deep those terrors wounded the psalmist. If friends are put far from us by providences, or death, we have reason to look upon it as affliction. Such was the calamitous state of a good man. But the pleas here used were peculiarly suited to Christ. And we are not to think that the holy Jesus suffered for us only at Gethsemane and on Calvary. His whole life was labour and sorrow; he was afflicted as never man was, from his youth up. He was prepared for that death of which he tasted through life. No man could share in the sufferings by which other men were to be redeemed. All forsook him, and fled. Oftentimes, blessed Jesus, do we forsake thee; but do not forsake us, O take not thy Holy Spirit from us.
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