Psalm 88

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

1 O LORD, the 1God of my salvation, I have 2cried out by day and in the night before You.
2 Let my prayer 3come before You; 4Incline Your ear to my cry!
3 For my 5soul has had enough troubles, And 6my life has drawn near to Sheol.
4 I am reckoned among those who 7go down to the pit; I have become like a man 8without strength,
5 Forsaken 9among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And they are 10cut off from Your hand.
6 You have put me in 11the lowest pit, In 12dark places, in the 13depths.
7 Your wrath 14has rested upon me, And You have afflicted me with 15all Your waves. Selah.
8 You have removed 16my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an 17object of loathing to them; I am 18shut up and cannot go out.
9 My 19eye has wasted away because of affliction; I have 20called upon You every day, O LORD; I have 21spread out my hands to You.
10 Will You perform wonders for the dead? Will 22the departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave, Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Will Your wonders be made known in the 23darkness? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13 But I, O LORD, have cried out 24to You for help, And 25in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 O LORD, why 26do You reject my soul? Why do You 27hide Your face from me?
15 I was afflicted and 28about to die from my youth on; I suffer 29Your terrors; I am overcome.
16 Your 30burning anger has passed over me; Your terrors have 31destroyed me.
17 They have 32surrounded me 33like water all day long; They have 34encompassed me altogether.
18 You have removed 35lover and friend far from me; My acquaintances are in darkness.
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