A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

1 O LORD, the 1God of my salvation, I have 2cried out by day and in the night before You.

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2 Let my prayer 3come before You; 4Incline Your ear to my cry!

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3 For my 5soul has had enough troubles, And 6my life has drawn near to Sheol.

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    • a 88:3 - Or "been satisfied with"
    • b 88:3 - I.e. the nether world
      4 I am reckoned among those who 7go down to the pit; I have become like a man 8without strength,

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      5 Forsaken 9among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And they are 10cut off from Your hand.

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        • c 88:5 - Lit "A freed one among the dead"
          6 You have put me in 11the lowest pit, In 12dark places, in the 13depths.

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          7 Your wrath 14has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with 15all Your waves. Selah.

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            • d 88:7 - "Selah" may mean: "Pause, Crescendo" or "Musical interlude"
              8 You have removed 16my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an 17object of loathing to them; I am 18shut up and cannot go out.

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                • e 88:8 - Lit "abomination to them"
                  9 My 19eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have 20called upon You every day, O LORD; I have 21spread out my hands to You.

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                    • f 88:9 - Lit "palms"
                      10 Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will 22the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.

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                        • g 88:10 - Or "ghosts, shades"
                          11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?

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                            • h 88:11 - I.e. place of destruction
                              12 Will Your wonders be made known in the 23darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

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                                • i 88:12 - I.e. faithfulness to His gracious promises
                                  13 But I, O LORD, have cried out 24to You for help, And 25in the morning my prayer comes before You.

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                                  14 O LORD, why 26do You reject my soul? Why do You 27hide Your face from me?

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                                  15 I was afflicted and 28about to die from my youth on; I suffer 29Your terrors; I am overcome.

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                                    • j 88:15 - Or "embarrassed"
                                      16 Your 30burning anger has passed over me; Your terrors have 31destroyed me.

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                                      17 They have 32surrounded me 33like water all day long; They have 34encompassed me altogether.

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                                      18 You have removed 35lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.

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