Bible: Psalm 88

Psalm 88 1 

88:1 A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style; 2  a well-written song 3  by Heman the Ezrachite.

O Lord God who delivers me! 4 

By day I cry out

and at night I pray before you. 5 

88:2 Listen to my prayer! 6 

Pay attention 7  to my cry for help!

88:3 For my life 8  is filled with troubles

and I am ready to enter Sheol. 9 

88:4 They treat me like 10  those who descend into the grave. 11 

I am like a helpless man, 12 

88:5 adrift 13  among the dead,

like corpses lying in the grave,

whom you remember no more,

and who are cut off from your power. 14 

88:6 You place me in the lowest regions of the pit, 15 

in the dark places, in the watery depths.

88:7 Your anger bears down on me,

and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Selah)

88:8 You cause those who know me to keep their distance;

you make me an appalling sight to them.

I am trapped and cannot get free. 16 

88:9 My eyes grow weak because of oppression.

I call out to you, O Lord, all day long;

I spread out my hands in prayer to you. 17 

88:10 Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead?

Do the departed spirits 18  rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)

88:11 Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave,

or your faithfulness in the place of the dead? 19 

88:12 Are your amazing deeds experienced 20  in the dark region, 21 

or your deliverance in the land of oblivion? 22 

88:13 As for me, I cry out to you, O Lord;

in the morning my prayer confronts you.

88:14 O Lord, why do you reject me,

and pay no attention to me? 23 

88:15 I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth. 24 

I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain. 25 

88:16 Your anger overwhelms me; 26 

your terrors destroy me.

88:17 They surround me like water all day long;

they join forces and encircle me. 27 

88:18 You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance; 28 

those who know me leave me alone in the darkness. 29 

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