LORD, you are the God who saves me;1 day and night I cry out2 to you.
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May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
I am overwhelmed with troubles3 and my life draws near to death.4
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I am counted among those who go down to the pit;5 I am like one without strength.6
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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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You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.8
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Your wrath9 lies heavily on me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.10
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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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my eyes14 are dim with grief. I call15 to you, LORD, every day; I spread out my hands16 to you.
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Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you?17
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Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness18 in Destruction ?
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Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
But I cry to you for help,19 LORD; in the morning20 my prayer comes before you.21
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Why, LORD, do you reject22 me and hide your face23 from me?
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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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Your wrath28 has swept over me; your terrors29 have destroyed me.
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All day long they surround me like a flood;30 they have completely engulfed me.
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You have taken from me friend31 and neighbor-- darkness is my closest friend.
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