Psalms 88:18

18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.

Psalms 88:18 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness.
English Standard Version (ESV)
18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.
New Living Translation (NLT)
18 You have taken away my companions and loved ones. Darkness is my closest friend.
The Message Bible (MSG)
18 You made lover and neighbor alike dump me; the only friend I have left is Darkness.
American Standard Version (ASV)
18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, And mine acquaintance into darkness.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
18 You have taken my loved ones and friends far away from me. Darkness is my only friend!
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
18 You have distanced loved one and neighbor from me; darkness is my [only] friend.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
18 You have taken my companions and loved ones away from me. The darkness is my closest friend.

Psalms 88:18 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 88:18

Lover and friend hast thou put far from me
This is mentioned in ( Psalms 88:8 ) , and is here repeated; and the account is closed with it, to show that this was a most aggravating circumstance of his affliction, and which bore exceeding hard upon him; and this must be a very uncomfortable case, to be in distress, whether of body or mind, and to have no kind friend near to yield the least help, relief, and comfort; so Christ's lovers and friends, his disciples, who loved him and he loved them, and reckoned them as his friends, and was a friend to them, when he was taken by his enemies, they all forsook him, and fled, ( Matthew 26:56 ) ,

and mine acquaintance into darkness;
either by death into the dark grave, which Job calls the land of darkness and shadow of death, ( Job 10:21 Job 10:22 ) , or being removed from him, so that he could not see them, it was all one to him as if they had been put into darkness, into some dark dungeon, or into the grave itself: or the words may be rendered, mine acquaintance are darkness F9: this was the case of Christ, when on the cross; he had none near him, no acquaintance about him, but darkness; and darkness was over all the land for the space of three hours; and a darkness was on his soul, being forsaken by his Father; and the prince of darkness, with all the fiends of hell, were throwing their fiery darts at him, ( Matthew 27:45 Matthew 27:46 ) . Thus ends this sorrowful and mournful song; a joyful one follows.


F9 (Kvxm yedym) "noti mei sunt tenebrae", Cocceius, Schmidt, Michaelis; "amici mei sunt caligo", Gejerus.

Psalms 88:18 In-Context

16 Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
18 You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 8; Job 19:13; Psalms 38:11
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