A Cry for Help#Ps 88 hebrew title: A psalm by the clan of Korah; a song. A poem by Heman the Ezrahite.
1 Lord God, my saviour, I cry out all day,
and at night I come before you.
2Hear my prayer;
listen to my cry for help!
3So many troubles have fallen on me
that I am close to death.
4I am like all others who are about to die;
all my strength is gone.#88.4 all my strength is gone; or there is no help for me.
5I am abandoned among the dead;
I am like the slain lying in their graves,
those you have forgotten completely,
who are beyond your help.
6You have thrown me into the depths of the tomb,
into the darkest and deepest pit.
7Your anger lies heavy on me,
and I am crushed beneath its waves.
8You have caused my friends to abandon me;
you have made me repulsive to them.
I am closed in and cannot escape;
9my eyes are weak from suffering.
Lord, every day I call to you
and lift my hands to you in prayer.
10Do you perform miracles for the dead?
Do they rise up and praise you?
11Is your constant love spoken of in the grave
or your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12Are your miracles seen in that place of darkness
or your goodness in the land of the forgotten?
13 Lord, I call to you for help;
every morning I pray to you.
14Why do you reject me, Lord?
Why do you turn away from me?
15Ever since I was young, I have suffered and been near death;
I am worn out#88.15 Probable text I am worn out; Hebrew unclear. from the burden of your punishments.
16Your furious anger crushes me;
your terrible attacks destroy me.
17All day long they surround me like a flood;
they close in on me from every side.
18You have made even my closest friends abandon me,
and darkness is my only companion.