Psalm 88:14
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New International Version
Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?

New Living Translation
O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me?

English Standard Version
O LORD, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?

New American Standard Bible
O LORD, why do You reject my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?

King James Bible
LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
LORD, why do You reject me? Why do You hide Your face from me?

International Standard Version
Why, LORD, have you rejected me? Why have you hidden your face from me?

NET Bible
O LORD, why do you reject me, and pay no attention to me?

New Heart English Bible
LORD, why do you reject my soul? Why do you hide your face from me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not forget my soul, Lord Jehovah, and do not turn your face from me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Why do you reject my soul, O LORD? Why do you hide your face from me?

JPS Tanakh 1917
LORD, why castest Thou off my soul? Why hidest Thou Thy face from me?

New American Standard 1977
O LORD, why dost Thou reject my soul?
            Why dost Thou hide Thy face from me?

Jubilee Bible 2000
LORD, why dost thou cast off my soul? why dost thou hide thy face from me?

King James 2000 Bible
LORD, why cast you off my soul? why hide you your face from me?

American King James Version
LORD, why cast you off my soul? why hide you your face from me?

American Standard Version
Jehovah, why castest thou off my soul? Why hidest thou thy face from me?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lord, why castest thou off my prayer: why turnest thou away thy face from me?

Darby Bible Translation
Why, O Jehovah, castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face from me?

English Revised Version
LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

Webster's Bible Translation
LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?

World English Bible
Yahweh, why do you reject my soul? Why do you hide your face from me?

Young's Literal Translation
Why, O Jehovah, castest Thou off my soul? Thou hidest Thy face from me.
Study Bible
I have Cried Day and Night Before You
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? 15I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.…
Cross References
Job 13:24
"Why do You hide Your face And consider me Your enemy?

Psalm 13:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of David. How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me?

Psalm 43:2
For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Psalm 44:9
Yet You have rejected us and brought us to dishonor, And do not go out with our armies.

Psalm 44:24
Why do You hide Your face And forget our affliction and our oppression?
Treasury of Scripture

LORD, why cast you off my soul? why hide you your face from me?

Lord

Psalm 43:2 For you are the God of my strength: why do you cast me off? why go …

Psalm 77:7-9 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more…

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, …

hidest

Psalm 13:1 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 44:24 Why hide you your face, and forget our affliction and our oppression?

Psalm 69:17 And hide not your face from your servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

Job 13:24 Why hide you your face, and hold me for your enemy?

(14) Castest thou off.--The idea is that of throwing away something with loathing. (Comp. Psalm 43:2.)

Verse 14. - Lord, why cutest thou off my soul? The psalmist speaks here, like Job, as one aggrieved. What has he done to be "cast off"? He is evidently not aware of having sinned any grievous sin, and does not understand why he is visited with such grievous sufferings. Why hidest thou thy face from me? Perhaps it is his insensibility, his unconsciousness of real sins and shortcomings, that has drawn down upon the psalmist his chastisement. Lord, why castest thou off my soul?.... Here begins his prayer, which he determined to present early in the morning, and consists of expostulations, and a representation of his distressed case: this shows that he was under soul desertion, and which was what so greatly afflicted him; imagining that his soul was cast off by the Lord, and had no more share in his affection, and was no more under his care, and in his sight: such expostulations of the saints, the church, and people of God, in a like case, are elsewhere met with, Psalm 43:3 and may be applied to Christ, when his soul was exceeding sorrowful unto death, and was made an offering for sin; and particularly when he was forsaken by his Father: the Targum is,

"why hast thou forsaken my soul?''

and rises the word "sabachtha", which Christ did when on the cross, Matthew 27:46, the Septuagint version is,

"wherefore, O Lord, dost thou reject my prayers?''

"why hidest thou thy face from me?" which is a denial of sensible communion, a withdrawing the influences and communications of divine grace for a time; and which sometimes is the case of the best of men, as Job, David, and others; and is very grieving and distressing to them; and, for the most part, is on account of sin; it is sin which separates between God and his people, and causes him to hide his face from them, or not grant them his gracious presence: this was the case of Christ, who knew no sin, while he was suffering for the sins of his people; see Psalm 69:17 compared with Matthew 27:46. 14. On the terms (Ps 27:9; 74:1; 77:7).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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