Psalm 88 TNIV

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 LORD, you are the God who saves me;1 day and night I cry out2 to you.

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2 May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
3 I am overwhelmed with troubles3 and my life draws near to death.4

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4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;5 I am like one 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 on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.a10

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    • a 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 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, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands16 to you.

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      10 Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?17

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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 LORD; in the morning20 my prayer comes before you.21

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

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          15 From my youth24 I have suffered25 and been close to death; I have borne 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 from me friend31 and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.

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