Psalm 88
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1A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician. Set to “Mahalath Leannoth.” A Contemplation of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.1LORD, God of my salvation, by day and by night I cry out before you.
2Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.2Let my prayer come before you; listen to my cry.
3For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draws near to the grave.3For my life is filled with troubles as I approach Sheol.
4I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength,4I am considered as one of those descending into the Pit, like a mighty man without strength,
5Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand.5released to remain with the dead, lying in a grave like a corpse, remembered no longer, and cut off from your power.
6You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.6You have assigned me to the lowest part of the Pit, to the darkest depths.
7Your wrath lies heavy upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah7Your anger lies heavily upon me; you pound me with all your waves. Interlude
8You have put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot get out;8You caused my acquaintances to shun me; you make me extremely abhorrent to them. Restrained, I am unable to go out.
9My eye wastes away because of affliction. LORD, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You.9My eyes languish on account of my affliction; all day long I call out to you, LORD, I spread out my hands to you.
10Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah10Can you perform wonders for the dead? Can departed spirits stand up to praise you? Interlude
11Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?11Can your gracious love be declared in the grave or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?12Can your awesome deeds be known in darkness or your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
13But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.13As for me, I cry out to you LORD, and in the morning my prayer greets you.
14LORD, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?14Why, LORD, have you rejected me? Why have you hidden your face from me?
15I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.15Since my youth I have been oppressed and in danger of death. I bear your dread and am overwhelmed.
16Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off.16Your burning anger overwhelms me; your terrors destroy me.
17They came around me all day long like water; They engulfed me altogether.17Like waters, they engulf me all day long; they surround me on all sides.
18Loved one and friend You have put far from me, And my acquaintances into darkness.18You caused my friend and neighbor to shun me; and my acquaintances are confused.
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Psalm 87
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