Psalm 88:1-6 LEB

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.

References for Psalms 88:1

    • ̊ 88:1 - The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
      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

      References for Psalms 88:4

        • ̋ 88:4 - The Hebrew suggests a strong, vigorous man
        • ̌ 88:4 - Or "without help"
          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.

          References for Psalms 88:5

            • ̍ 88:5 - Or "forsaken"
              6 You have set me in [the] pit below, in dark places, in [the] depths.