Psalm 88:18
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New International Version
You have taken from me friend and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.

King James Bible
Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.

Darby Bible Translation
Lover and associate hast thou put far from me: my familiar friends are darkness.

World English Bible
You have put lover and friend far from me, and my friends into darkness. A contemplation by Ethan, the Ezrahite.

Young's Literal Translation
Thou hast put far from me lover and friend, Mine acquaintance is the place of darkness!

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Lover and friend - I have no comfort, and neither friend nor neiphbour to sympathize with me.

Mine acquaintance into darkness - All have forsaken me; or מידעי מחשך meyuddai machsach, "Darkness is my companion." Perhaps he may refer to the death of his acquaintances; all were gone; there was none left to console him! That man has a dismal lot who has outlived all his old friends and acquaintances; well may such complain. In the removal of their friends they see little else than the triumphs of death. Khosroo, an eminent Persian poet, handles this painful subject with great delicacy and beauty in the following lines: -

Ruftem sauee khuteereh bekerestem bezar

Az Hijereh Doostan ke aseer fana shudend:

Guftem Eeshah Kuja shudend? ve Khatyr

Dad az sada jouab Eeshan Kuja!

"Weeping, I passed the place where lay my friends

Captured by death; in accents wild Icried,

Where are they? And stern Fate, by Echoes voice,

Returned in solemn sound the sad Where are they?"

J. B. C.

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Psalm 88:8 You have put away my acquaintance far from me; you have made me an abomination to them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.

Psalm 31:11 I was a reproach among all my enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to my acquaintance...

Psalm 38:11 My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.

Job 19:12-15 His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle...

mine acquaintance. A figurative expression to denote that he now never saw them.

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Out of the Deep of Doubt, Darkness, and Hell.
O Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night unto Thee. Oh! let my prayer enter into Thy presence. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draweth nigh unto Hell. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in a place of darkness, and in the deep.--Ps. lxxxviii. 1, 2. If I go down to Hell, Thou art there also. Yea, the darkness is no darkness with Thee; but the night is as clear as the day.--Ps. cxxxix. 7, 11. I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my calling.
Charles Kingsley—Out of the Deep

Our Status.
"And he believed in the Lord: and he counted it to him for righteousness." --Gen. xv. 6. The right touches a man's status. So long as the law has not proven him guilty, has not convicted and sentenced him, his legal status is that of a free and law-abiding citizen. But as soon as his guilt is proven in court and the jury has convicted him, he passes from that into the status of the bound and law-breaking citizen. The same applies to our relation to God. Our status before God is that either of the
Abraham Kuyper—The Work of the Holy Spirit

Sense in Which, and End for which all Things were Delivered to the Incarnate Son.
For whereas man sinned, and is fallen, and by his fall all things are in confusion: death prevailed from Adam to Moses (cf. Rom. v. 14), the earth was cursed, Hades was opened, Paradise shut, Heaven offended, man, lastly, corrupted and brutalised (cf. Ps. xlix. 12), while the devil was exulting against us;--then God, in His loving-kindness, not willing man made in His own image to perish, said, Whom shall I send, and who will go?' (Isa. vi. 8). But while all held their peace, the Son [441] said,
Athanasius—Select Works and Letters or Athanasius

Of Faith. The Definition of It. Its Peculiar Properties.
1. A brief recapitulation of the leading points of the whole discussion. The scope of this chapter. The necessity of the doctrine of faith. This doctrine obscured by the Schoolmen, who make God the object of faith, without referring to Christ. The Schoolmen refuted by various passages. 2. The dogma of implicit faith refuted. It destroys faith, which consists in a knowledge of the divine will. What this will is, and how necessary the knowledge of it. 3. Many things are and will continue to be implicitly
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Job 19:13
"He has alienated my family from me; my acquaintances are completely estranged from me.

Psalm 31:11
Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors and an object of dread to my closest friends-- those who see me on the street flee from me.

Psalm 38:11
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.

Psalm 88:8
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;

Psalm 142:4
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.

Isaiah 51:18
Among all the children she bore there was none to guide her; among all the children she reared there was none to take her by the hand.

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