Psalm 88:2
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New International Version
May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.

New Living Translation
Now hear my prayer; listen to my cry.

English Standard Version
Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry!

New American Standard Bible
Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry!

King James Bible
Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May my prayer reach Your presence; listen to my cry.

International Standard Version
Let my prayer come before you; listen to my cry.

NET Bible
Listen to my prayer! Pay attention to my cry for help!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My prayer will enter before you and bend your ear to my prayer!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let my prayer come into your presence. Turn your ear to hear my cries.

Jubilee Bible 2000
let my prayer come before thee; incline thine ear unto my cry;

King James 2000 Bible
Let my prayer come before you: incline your ear unto my cry;

American King James Version
Let my prayer come before you: incline your ear to my cry;

American Standard Version
Let my prayer enter into thy presence; Incline thine ear unto my cry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let my prayer come in before thee: incline thy ear to my petition.

Darby Bible Translation
Let my prayer come before thee; incline thine ear unto my cry.

English Revised Version
Let my prayer enter into thy presence; incline thine ear unto my cry:

Webster's Bible Translation
Let my prayer come before thee: incline thy ear to my cry;

World English Bible
Let my prayer enter into your presence. Turn your ear to my cry.

Young's Literal Translation
My prayer cometh in before Thee, Incline Thine ear to my loud cry,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry (comp. Psalm 86:1, 6).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let my prayer come before thee,.... Not before men, as hypocrites desire, but before the Lord; let it not be shut out, but be admitted; and let it come with acceptance, as it does when it ascends before God, out of the hands of the angel before the throne, perfumed with the much incense of his mediation, Revelation 8:3,

incline thine ear unto my cry; hearken to it, receive it, and give an answer to it; Christ's prayers were attended with strong crying, and were always received and heard, Hebrews 5:7.



Psalm 88:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
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! 3For my soul has had enough troubles, And my life has drawn near to Sheol.…
Cross References
Psalm 17:1
A prayer of David. Hear me, LORD, my plea is just; listen to my cry. Hear my prayer-- it does not rise from deceitful lips.

Psalm 17:6
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Psalm 31:2
Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.

Psalm 86:1
A prayer of David. Hear me, LORD, and answer me, for I am poor and needy.
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