Psalm 88
A Song [or] Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon
Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.
{88:1} O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day [and] night before
{88:2} Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;
{88:3} For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto
the grave.
{88:4} I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man
[that hath] no strength:
{88:5} Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom
thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
{88:6} Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
{88:7} Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with
all thy waves. Selah.
{88:8} Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made
me an abomination unto them: [I am] shut up, and I cannot come
{88:9} Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called
daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
{88:10} Wilt thou shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise [and]
praise thee? Selah.
{88:11} Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? [or] thy
faithfulness in destruction?
{88:12} Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness
in the land of forgetfulness?
{88:13} But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my
prayer prevent thee.
{88:14} LORD, why castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face
from me?
{88:15} I [am] afflicted and ready to die from [my] youth up: [while] I
suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
{88:16} Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
{88:17} They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me
about together.
{88:18} Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, [and] mine
acquaintance into darkness.

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