A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

1 abcLORD, you are the God who saves me; day and night I cry out to you.
References for Psalms 88:1
    • ń 88:1 - In Hebrew texts 88:1-18 is numbered 88:2-19.
    • Ņ 88:1 - Title: Possibly a tune, “The Suffering of Affliction”
    • ņ 88:1 - Title: Probably a literary or musical term
      2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
      3 I am overwhelmed with troubles and my life draws near to death.
      References for Psalms 88:3
      4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like one without strength.
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      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.
      References for Psalms 88:5
      6 You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
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      7 Your wrath lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.d
      References for Psalms 88:7
        • Ň 88:7 - The Hebrew has "Selah" (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.
          8 You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;
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          9 my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.
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          10 Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?
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          11 Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destructione ?
          References for Psalms 88:11
            • ň 88:11 - Hebrew "Abaddon"
              12 Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
              13 But I cry to you for help, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
              References for Psalms 88:13
              14 Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?
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              15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.
              16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.
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              17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
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              18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.
              References for Psalms 88:18