Psalms 88:14

14 Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?

Psalms 88:14 in Other Translations

14 LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
14 O LORD, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me?
14 O LORD, why do you reject me? Why do you turn your face from me?
14 Why, God, do you turn a deaf ear? Why do you make yourself scarce?
14 Lord, why do You reject me? Why do You hide Your face from me?

Psalms 88:14 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 88:14

Lord, why castest thou off my soul?
&c.] Here begins his prayer, which he determined to present early in the morning, and consists of expostulations, and a representation of his distressed case: this shows that he was under soul desertion, and which was what so greatly afflicted him; imagining that his soul was cast off by the Lord, and had no more share in his affection, and was no more under his care, and in his sight: such expostulations of the saints, the church, and people of God, in a like case, are elsewhere met with, ( Psalms 43:3 ) ( 74:1 ) and may be applied to Christ, when his soul was exceeding sorrowful unto death, and was made an offering for sin; and particularly when he was forsaken by his Father: the Targum is,

``why hast thou forsaken my soul?''

and rises the word "sabachtha", which Christ did when on the cross, ( Matthew 27:46 ) , the Septuagint version is,

``wherefore, O Lord, dost thou reject my prayers?''

"why hidest thou thy face from me?" which is a denial of sensible communion, a withdrawing the influences and communications of divine grace for a time; and which sometimes is the case of the best of men, as Job, David, and others; and is very grieving and distressing to them; and, for the most part, is on account of sin; it is sin which separates between God and his people, and causes him to hide his face from them, or not grant them his gracious presence: this was the case of Christ, who knew no sin, while he was suffering for the sins of his people; see ( Psalms 69:17 ) compared with ( Matthew 27:46 ) .

Psalms 88:14 In-Context

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, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14 Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?
15 From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.
16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Psalms 43:2
  • 2. Job 13:24; Psalms 13:1
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