1 {A Song, a Psalm for the sons of Korah. To the chief Musician. Upon Mahalath Leannoth. An instruction. Of Heman the Ezrahite.} Jehovah, God of my salvation, I have cried by day [and] in the night before thee.

References for Psalms 88:1

    • a 88:1 - The meaning of Mahalath is uncertain, see Ps. 53. Leannoth may mean 'for subdued singing.'
      2 Let my prayer come before thee; incline thine ear unto my cry.
      3 For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh to Sheol.

      References for Psalms 88:3

        • b 88:3 - See Ps. 6.5.
          4 I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit; I am as a man that hath no strength:
          5 Prostrate among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave; whom thou rememberest no more, and who are cut off from thy hand.

          References for Psalms 88:5

            • c 88:5 - i.e. 'from thy leading and helping hand.'
              6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in dark places, in the deeps.

              References for Psalms 88:6

                • d 88:6 - Or 'in darkness,' lit. 'darknesses.'
                  7 Thy fury lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with all thy waves. Selah.

                  References for Psalms 88:7

                    • e 88:7 - Strictly, 'breakers,' as Ps. 42.7.
                      8 Thou hast put my familiar friends far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
                      9 Mine eye consumeth by reason of affliction. Upon thee, Jehovah, have I called every day; I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
                      10 Wilt thou do wonders to the dead? shall the shades arise and praise thee? Selah.

                      References for Psalms 88:10

                        • f 88:10 - Or 'the dead,' as Job 26.5; Prov. 2.18; Isa. 14.9; not the same as 'dead' in this verse.
                          11 Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave? thy faithfulness in Destruction?

                          References for Psalms 88:11

                            • g 88:11 - Heb. Abaddon.
                              12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

                              References for Psalms 88:12

                                • h 88:12 - Lit. 'wonder.'
                                  13 But as for me, Jehovah, I cry unto thee, and in the morning my prayer cometh before thee.

                                  References for Psalms 88:13

                                    • i 88:13 - Lit. 'cometh to meet thee.'
                                      14 Why, O Jehovah, castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face from me?
                                      15 I am afflicted and expiring from my youth up; I suffer thy terrors, [and] I am distracted.
                                      16 Thy fierce anger hath gone over me; thy terrors have brought me to nought:
                                      17 They have surrounded me all the day like water; they have compassed me about together.
                                      18 Lover and associate hast thou put far from me: my familiar friends are darkness.