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Psalm 88 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

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1 Lord, you are the God who saves me. Day and night I cry out to you. 1 O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.
2 Please hear my prayer. Pay attention to my cry for help. 2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
3 I have so many troubles I'm about to die. 3 For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave.
4 People think my life is over. I'm like someone who doesn't have any strength. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.
5 People treat me as if I were dead. I'm like those who have been killed and are now in the grave. You don't even remember them anymore. They are cut off from your care. 5 I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.
6 It seems as if you have put me deep down in the grave, that deep and dark place. 6 You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
7 Your burning anger lies heavy on me. All the waves of your anger have crashed over me. "Selah" 7 Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. "Selah"
8 You have taken my closest friends away from me. You have made me sickening to them. I feel trapped. I can't escape. 8 You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;
9 I'm crying so much I can't see very well. Lord, I call out to you every day. I lift up my hands to you in prayer. 9 my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.
10 Do you work miracles for those who are dead? Do dead people rise up and praise you? "Selah" 10 Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? "Selah"
11 Do those who are dead speak about your love? Do those who are in the grave tell how faithful you are? 11 Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction ?
12 Are your miracles known in that dark place? Are your holy acts known in that land where the dead are forgotten? 12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
13 Lord, I cry out to you for help. In the morning I pray to you. 13 But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Lord, why do you say no to me? Why do you turn your face away from me? 14 Why, O LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?
15 I've been in pain ever since I was young. I've been close to death. You have made me suffer terrible things. I have lost all hope. 15 From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.
16 Your burning anger has swept over me. Your terrors have destroyed me. 16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood. They have closed in all around me. 17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken my companions and loved ones away from me. The darkness is my closest friend. 18 You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.