Psalm 88 (New American Standard)

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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. 2 Let my prayer 3come before You; 4Incline Your ear to my cry ! 3 For my 5soul has ahad enough troubles, And 6my life has drawn near to bSheol. 4 I am reckoned among those who 7go down to the pit ; I have become like a man 8without strength, 5 cForsaken 9among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And they are 10cut off from Your hand. 6 You have put me in 11the lowest pit, In 12dark places, in the 13depths. 7 Your wrath 14has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with 15all Your waves. dSelah. 8 You have removed 16my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an e17object of loathing to them; I am 18shut up and cannot go out. 9 My 19eye has wasted away because of affliction ; I have 20called upon You every day, O LORD ; I have 21spread out my fhands to You. 10 Will You perform wonders for the dead ? Will 22the gdeparted spirits rise and praise You? Selah. 11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in hAbaddon ? 12 Will Your wonders be made known in the 23darkness ? And Your irighteousness in the land of forgetfulness ? 13 But I, O LORD, have cried out 24to You for help, And 25in the morning my prayer comes before You. 14 O LORD, why 26do You reject my soul ? Why do You 27hide Your face from me? 15 I was afflicted and 28about to die from my youth on; I suffer 29Your terrors ; I am jovercome. 16 Your 30burning anger has passed over me; Your terrors have k31destroyed me. 17 They have 32surrounded me 33like water all day long; They have 34encompassed me altogether. 18 You have removed 35lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.
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