Psalm 88 ESV

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 O LORD, 1God of my salvation; I 2cry out day and night before you.

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2 Let my prayer come before you; 3incline your ear to my cry!

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3 For my soul is full of troubles, and 4my life draws near to 5Sheol.

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4 I am counted among those who 6go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength,

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5 like one set loose among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, like those whom 7you remember no more, for they are 8cut off from your hand.

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6 You have put me in 9the depths of the pit, in the 10regions dark and 11deep.

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      7 Your wrath 12lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with 13all your waves. Selah

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      8 You have caused 14my companions to shun me; you have made me 15a horrora to them. I am 16shut in so that I cannot escape;

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        • ć 88:8 - Or an abomination
          9 17my eye grows dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O LORD; I 18spread out my hands to you.

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              10 Do you work wonders for the dead? 19Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah

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              11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
              12 Are your 20wonders known in 21the darkness, or your righteousness in the land of 22forgetfulness?

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                  13 But I, O LORD, cry 23to you; 24in the morning my prayer comes before you.

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                  14 O LORD, why 25do you cast my soul away? Why 26do you hide your face from me?

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                  15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.b

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                    • Ĉ 88:15 - The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
                      16 Your wrath has swept over me; your 27dreadful assaults destroy me.

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                      17 They 28surround me like a flood 29all day long; they 30close in on me together.

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                      18 You have caused 31my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.c

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                        • ĉ 88:18 - Or darkness has become my only companion