Psalm 88 NIV

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 O LORD, the God who saves me,1 day and night I cry out2 before you.

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2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
3 For my soul is full of trouble3 and my life draws near the grave.a4

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4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;5 I am like a man without strength.6

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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 off7 from your care.

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6 You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.8

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7 Your wrath9 lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.10 "Selah"

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8 You have taken from me my closest friends11 and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined12 and cannot escape;13

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9 my eyes14 are dim with grief. I call15 to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands16 to you.

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10 Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you?17 "Selah"

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11 Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness18 in Destructionb ?

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    • b 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,19 O LORD; in the morning20 my prayer comes before you.21

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      14 Why, O LORD, do you reject22 me and hide your face23 from me?

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      15 From my youth24 I have been afflicted25 and close to death; I have suffered your terrors26 and am in despair.27

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      16 Your wrath28 has swept over me; your terrors29 have destroyed me.

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      17 All day long they surround me like a flood;30 they have completely engulfed me.

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      18 You have taken my companions31 and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.

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