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Psalm 88

I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
A Song. A Psalm of #Ps. 42, title the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to #Ps. 53, title Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil#88:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms of #1 Kgs. 4:31; 1 Chr. 2:6Heman the Ezrahite.
1O Lord, #See Ps. 24:5 God of my salvation,
I #Ps. 22:2; Luke 18:7cry out day and night before you.
2Let my prayer come before you;
# See Ps. 31:2 incline your ear to my cry!
3For my soul is full of troubles,
and #[Ps. 107:18] my life draws near to #See Ps. 16:10Sheol.
4I am counted among those who #See Ps. 28:1go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
5like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom #[Ps. 31:12] you remember no more,
for they are #Isa. 53:8cut off from your hand.
6You have put me in #[Ps. 63:9] the depths of the pit,
in the #ver. 12, 18; Ps. 143:3; Lam. 3:6 regions dark and #Ps. 69:15deep.
7Your wrath #[Ps. 32:4] lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with #Ps. 42:7all your waves. Selah
8You have caused #ver. 18; Ps. 142:4; See Job 19:13 my companions to shun me;
you have made me #Job 30:10 a horror#88:8 Or an abomination to them.
I am #Jer. 32:2shut in so that I cannot escape;
9 # [Ps. 6:7] my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O Lord;
I #See Job 11:13spread out my hands to you.
10Do you work wonders for the dead?
# [Ps. 6:5] Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
11Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12Are your #Ps. 89:5 wonders known in #ver. 6; Job 10:21 the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of #[Eccles. 9:5]forgetfulness?
13But I, O Lord, cry #Ps. 30:2 to you;
# See Ps. 5:3 in the morning my prayer comes before you.
14O Lord, why #See Ps. 44:9 do you cast my soul away?
Why #See Job 13:24do you hide your face from me?
15Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.#88:15 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
16Your wrath has swept over me;
your #Job 6:4; 9:34dreadful assaults destroy me.
17They #See Ps. 118:10-12 surround me like a flood #Ps. 86:3 all day long;
they #Ps. 18:4; 22:16; [Ps. 118:10]close in on me together.
18You have caused #See Job 19:13, 14my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness.#88:18 Or darkness has become my only companion

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