(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.
(87-3) Let my prayer come in before thee: incline thy ear to my petition.
(87-4) For my soul is filled with evils: and my life hath drawn nigh to hell.
(87-5) I am counted among them that go down to the pit: I am become as a man without help,
(87-6) Free among the dead. Like the slain sleeping in the sepulchres, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
(87-7) They have laid me in the lower pit: in the dark places, and in the shadow of death.
(87-8) Thy wrath is strong over me: and all thy waves thou hast brought in upon me.
(87-9) Thou hast put away my acquaintance far from me: they have set me an abomination to themselves. I was delivered up, and came not forth:
(87-10) My eyes languished through poverty. All the day I cried to thee, O Lord: I stretched out my hands to thee.
(87-11) Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? or shall physicians raise to life, and give praise to thee?
(87-12) Shall any one in the sepulchre declare thy mercy: and thy truth in destruction?
(87-13) Shall thy wonders be known in the dark; and thy justice in the land of forgetfulness?
(87-14) But I, O Lord, have cried to thee: and in the morning my prayer shall prevent thee.
(87-15) Lord, why castest thou off my prayer: why turnest thou away thy face from me?
(87-16) I am poor, and in labours from my youth: and being exalted have been humbled and troubled.
(87-17) Thy wrath hath come upon me: and thy terrors have troubled me.
(87-18) They have come round about me like water all the day: they have compassed me about together.
(87-19) Friend and neighbour thou hast put far from me: and my acquaintance, because of misery.