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Psalm 88 (Lexham English Bible)

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A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the [music] director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

A Prayer for Help in Despair

1 aO Yahweh, God of my salvation, I cry out by day [and] through the night before you. 2 Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. 3 For my soul is full with troubles, and my life approaches Sheol. 4 I am reckoned with [those] descending to [the] pit. I am like a manb without strength,c 5 set freed among the dead, like [the] slain lying in [the] grave, whom you no longer remember, even those cut off from your hand. 6 You have set me in [the] pit below, in dark places, in [the] depths. 7 Your wrath presses upon me, and you afflict [me with] all your waves. Selah 8 You have removed my acquaintances far from me. You have made me detestablee to them. [I am] confined and cannot go out. 9 My eye languishes from misery. I call on you, O Yahweh, every day; I spread out my handsf to you. 10 Do you work wondersg for the dead? Or do [the] departed spiritsh rise up [to] praise you? Selah 11 Is your loyal love told in the grave, [or] your faithfulness in the underworld?i 12 Are your wondersj known in the darkness, [or] your righteousnessk in [the] land of forgetfulness? 13 But as for me, I cry for help to you, O Yahweh, and in the morning my prayer comes before you. 14 Why do you reject my soul, O Yahweh? [Why] do you hide your face from me? 15 I [am] afflicted and perishing from [my] youth. I bear your terrors. I am distraught.l 16 Your burning anger has passed over me; your sudden fears have destroyed me. 17 They surround me like water all the day; they circle about me altogether. 18 You have removed loved one and friend far from me, my acquaintances [far from my] darkness.
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