PSALM 88[L] A Despairing Lament 88 1A song; a psalm of the Korahites. For the leader; according to Mahalath. For singing; a maskil of Heman the Ezrahite. I 2LORD, the God of my salvation, I call out by day; at night I cry aloud in your presence. 3Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. 4[M]For my soul is filled with troubles; my life draws near to Sheol. 5I am reckoned with those who go down to the pit; I am like a warrior without strength. 6My couch is among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave. You remember them no more; they are cut off from your influence. 7You plunge me into the bottom of the pit, into the darkness of the abyss. 8Your wrath lies heavy upon me; all your waves crash over me.Selah II 9Because of you my acquaintances shun me; you make me loathsome to them; Caged in, I cannot escape; 10my eyes grow dim from trouble. All day I call on you, LORD; I stretch out my hands to you. 11[N]Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the shades arise and praise you? Selah III 12Is your mercy proclaimed in the grave, your faithfulness among those who have perished?[O] 13Are your marvels declared in the darkness, your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion? IV 14But I cry out to you, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. 15Why do you reject my soul, LORD, and hide your face from me? 16I have been mortally afflicted since youth; I have borne your terrors and I am made numb. 17Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. 18All day they surge round like a flood; from every side they encircle me. 19Because of you friend and neighbor shun me; my only friend is darkness.
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