Compare Translations for Psalm 88:1

Psalm 88:1 ASV
O Jehovah, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee.
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Psalm 88:1 BBE
Psalm 88:1 CEB
LORD, God of my salvation, by day I cry out, even at night, before you—
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Psalm 88:1 CJB
A song. A psalm of the sons of Korach. For the leader. Set to "Sickness that Causes Suffering." A maskil of Heiman the Ezrachi. ADONAI, God of my salvation, when I cry out to you in the night,
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Psalm 88:1 RHE
(87-1) <A canticle of a psalm for the sons of Core: unto the end, for Maheleth, to answer understanding of Eman the Ezrahite.> (87-2) O Lord, the God of my salvation: I have cried in the day, and in the night before thee.
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Psalm 88:1 ESV
O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you.
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Psalm 88:1 GW
O LORD God, my savior, I cry out to you during the day and at night.
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Psalm 88:1 GNT
Lord God, my savior, I cry out all day, and at night I come before you.
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Psalm 88:1 CSB
Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out before You day and night.
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Psalm 88:1 KJV
O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
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Psalm 88:1 LEB
O Yahweh, God of my salvation, I cry out by day [and] through the night before you.
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Psalm 88:1 NAS
O LORD, the God of my salvation, I have cried out by day and in the night before You.
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Psalm 88:1 NCV
Lord, you are the God who saves me. I cry out to you day and night.
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Psalm 88:1 NIRV
Lord, you are the God who saves me. Day and night I cry out to you.
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Psalm 88:1 NIV
O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.
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Psalm 88:1 NKJV
A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician. Set to 'Mahalath Leannoth.' A Contemplation of Heman the Ezrahite. O Lord, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.
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Psalm 88:1 NLT
For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be sung to the tune "The Suffering of Affliction." A psalm of Heman the Ezrahite. A song. O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out to you day and night.
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Psalm 88:1 NRS
O Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence,
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Psalm 88:1 RSV
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, my God, I call for help by day; I cry out in the night before thee.
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Psalm 88:1 DBY
{A Song, a Psalm for the sons of Korah. To the chief Musician. Upon Mahalath Leannoth. An instruction. Of Heman the Ezrahite.} Jehovah, God of my salvation, I have cried by day [and] in the night before thee.
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Psalm 88:1 MSG
God, you're my last chance of the day. I spend the night on my knees before you.
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Psalm 88:1 WBT
A Song [or] Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day [and] night before thee:
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Psalm 88:1 TNIV
LORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.
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Psalm 88:1 WYC
The song of the psalm, to the sons of Korah, to victory on Mahalath, for to answer the learning of Heman, (the) Ezrahite. Lord God of mine health; I cried in day and night before thee. (The song of the psalm, for the sons of Korah, to victory on Mahalath, to answer the teaching of Heman, the Ezrahite. Lord God of my salvation; I have cried day and night before thee.)
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Psalm 88:1 YLT
A Song, a Psalm, by sons of Korah, to the Overseer, `Concerning the Sickness of Afflictions.' -- An instruction, by Heman the Ezrahite. O Jehovah, God of my salvation, Daily I have cried, nightly before Thee,
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Psalms 88 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 88

The psalmist pours out his soul to God in lamentation. (1-9) He wrestles by faith, in his prayer to God for comfort. (10-18)

Verses 1-9 The first words of the psalmist are the only words of comfort and support in this psalm. Thus greatly may good men be afflicted, and such dismal thoughts may they have about their afflictions, and such dark conclusion may they make about their end, through the power of melancholy and the weakness of faith. He complained most of God's displeasure. Even the children of God's love may sometimes think themselves children of wrath and no outward trouble can be so hard upon them as that. Probably the psalmist described his own case, yet he leads to Christ. Thus are we called to look unto Jesus, wounded and bruised for our iniquities. But the wrath of God poured the greatest bitterness into his cup. This weighed him down into darkness and the deep.

Verses 10-18 Departed souls may declare God's faithfulness, justice, and lovingkindness; but deceased bodies can neither receive God's favours in comfort, nor return them in praise. The psalmist resolved to continue in prayer, and the more so, because deliverance did not come speedily. Though our prayers are not soon answered, yet we must not give over praying. The greater our troubles, the more earnest and serious we should be in prayer. Nothing grieves a child of God so much as losing sight of him; nor is there any thing he so much dreads as God's casting off his soul. If the sun be clouded, that darkens the earth; but if the sun should leave the earth, what a dungeon would it be! Even those designed for God's favours, may for a time suffer his terrors. See how deep those terrors wounded the psalmist. If friends are put far from us by providences, or death, we have reason to look upon it as affliction. Such was the calamitous state of a good man. But the pleas here used were peculiarly suited to Christ. And we are not to think that the holy Jesus suffered for us only at Gethsemane and on Calvary. His whole life was labour and sorrow; he was afflicted as never man was, from his youth up. He was prepared for that death of which he tasted through life. No man could share in the sufferings by which other men were to be redeemed. All forsook him, and fled. Oftentimes, blessed Jesus, do we forsake thee; but do not forsake us, O take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Psalms 88 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 88

Psalms 88:1-18 . Upon Mahalath--either an instrument, as a lute, to be used as an accompaniment (Leannoth, "for singing") or, as others think, an or disease, for humbling," the idea of spiritual maladies being often represented by disease (compare Psalms 6:5 Psalms 6:6 , Psalms 22:14 Psalms 22:15 , &c.). On the other ( 1 Chronicles 6:18 1 Chronicles 6:33 , 15:17 ), of the family of Kohath. If the persons alluded to ( 1 Kings 4:31 , 1 Chronicles 2:6 ), they were probably adopted into the tribe of Judah. Though called a song, which usually implies joy ( Psalms 83:1 ), both the style and matter of the Psalm are very despondent; yet the appeals to God evince faith, and we may suppose that the word "song" might be extended to such compositions.

1, 2. Compare on the terms used, Psalms 22:2 , 31:2 .

3. grave--literally, "hell" ( Psalms 16:10 ), death in wide sense.

4. go . . . pit--of destruction ( Psalms 28:1 ).
as a man--literally, "a stout man," whose strength is utterly gone.

5. Free . . . dead--Cut off from God's care, as are the slain, who, falling under His wrath, are left, no longer sustained by His hand.

6. Similar figures for distress in Psalms 63:9 , 69:3 .

7. Compare Psalms 38:2 , on first, and Psalms 42:7 , on last clause.

8. Both cut off from sympathy and made hateful to friends ( Psalms 31:11 ).

9. Mine eye mourneth--literally, "decays," or fails, denoting exhaustion ( Psalms 6:7 , 31:9 ).
I . . . called--( Psalms 86:5 Psalms 86:7 ).
stretched out--for help ( Psalms 44:20 ).

10. shall the dead--the remains of ghosts.
arise--literally, "rise up," that is, as dead persons.

11, 12. amplify the foregoing, the whole purport (as Psalms 6:5 ) being to contrast death and life as seasons for praising God.

13. prevent--meet--that is, he will diligently come before God for help ( Psalms 18:41 ).

14. On the terms ( Psalms 27:9 , 74:1 , 77:7 ).

15. from . . . youth up--all my life.

16, 17. the extremes of anguish and despair are depicted.

18. into darkness--Better omit "into"--"mine acquaintances (are) darkness," the gloom of death, &c. ( Job 17:13 Job 17:14 ).