Psalms 88
A Cry of Desperation
A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. # 1Kg 4:31; 1Ch 2:6
1Lord, God of my salvation,
I cry out before You day and night. # Ps 22:2; 86:3; Lk 18:7
2May my prayer reach Your presence;
listen to my cry. # Ps 18:6; 31:2; 86:1
3For I have had enough troubles,
and my life is near Sheol. # Ps 16:10; 116:3
4I am counted among those going down to the Pit. # Ps 28:1; 143:7
I am like a man without strength, # Ps 61:2
5abandoned # Or set free among the dead.
I am like the slain lying in the grave, # Ps 31:12
whom You no longer remember,
and who are cut off from Your care. # Or hand # Ps 31:22; Is 53:8
6You have put me in the lowest part of the Pit,
in the darkest places, in the depths. # Ps 69:15; 86:13; Ezk 26:20
7Your wrath weighs heavily on me; # Ps 32:4; 39:10
You have overwhelmed me with all Your waves. # Ps 42:7Selah
8You have distanced my friends from me;
You have made me repulsive to them. # Jb 19:13-22; Ps 31:11
I am shut in and cannot go out.
9My eyes are worn out from crying. # Ps 6:7; 31:9
Lord, I cry out to You all day long; # Ps 86:3
I spread out my hands to You. # Ps 143:6
10Do You work wonders for the dead?
Do departed spirits rise up to praise You? # Ps 6:5; 30:9Selah
11Will Your faithful love be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in Abaddon? # Jb 26:6; Pr 15:11; 27:20
12Will Your wonders be known in the darkness
or Your righteousness in the land of oblivion? # Ec 9:5
13But I call to You for help, Lord;
in the morning my prayer meets You. # Ps 5:3; 119:147
14Lord, why do You reject me? # Ps 43:2
Why do You hide Your face from me? # Jb 13:24; Ps 10:1; 13:1
15From my youth,
I have been afflicted and near death.
I suffer Your horrors; I am desperate. # Jb 31:23
16Your wrath sweeps over me;
Your terrors destroy me. # Jb 6:4; 9:34
17They surround me like water all day long;
they close in on me from every side. # Ps 22:12,16; 118:10-12
18You have distanced loved one and neighbor from me;
darkness is my only friend. # Or from me, my friends. Oh darkness! # Jb 19:13; Ps 31:11; 38:11

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