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 O 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 man without strength,
5 set free 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 detestable 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 hands to you.
10 Do you work wonders for the dead? Or do [the] departed spirits rise up [to] praise you? Selah
11 Is your loyal love told in the grave, [or] your faithfulness in the underworld?
12 Are your wonders known in the darkness, [or] your righteousness 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.
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.