Psalm 88
New King James VersionNET Bible
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.1A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style; a well-written song by Heman the Ezrachite. O LORD God who delivers me! By day I cry out and at night I pray before you.
2Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.2Listen to my prayer! Pay attention to my cry for help!
3For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draws near to the grave.3For my life is filled with troubles and I am ready to enter Sheol.
4I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man who has no strength,4They treat me like those who descend into the grave. I am like a helpless man,
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.5adrift among the dead, like corpses lying in the grave, whom you remember no more, and who are cut off from your power.
6You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.6You place me in the lowest regions of the pit, in the dark places, in the watery depths.
7Your wrath lies heavy upon me, And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah7Your anger bears down on me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Selah)
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 cause those who know me to keep their distance; you make me an appalling sight to them. I am trapped and cannot get free.
9My eye wastes away because of affliction. LORD, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You.9My eyes grow weak because of oppression. I call out to you, O LORD, all day long; I spread out my hands in prayer to you.
10Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise You? Selah10Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead? Do the departed spirits rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)
11Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?11Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave, or your faithfulness in the place of the dead?
12Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?12Are your amazing deeds experienced in the dark region, or your deliverance 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, O LORD; in the morning my prayer confronts you.
14LORD, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?14O LORD, why do you reject me, and pay no attention to me?
15I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.15I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain.
16Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off.16Your anger overwhelms me; your terrors destroy me.
17They came around me all day long like water; They engulfed me altogether.17They surround me like water all day long; they join forces and encircle me.
18Loved one and friend You have put far from me, And my acquaintances into darkness.18You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance; those who know me leave me alone in the darkness.
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Psalm 87
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