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Psalm 88 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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I Cry Out Day and Night Before You

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:1 - A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil[fn] of Heman the Ezrahite.
O LORD, God of my salvation,
I cry out day and night before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:2 - Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:3 - For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:4 - I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:5 - like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:6 - You have put me in the depths of the pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:7 - Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:8 - You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a horror[fn] to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:9 - my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
I spread out my hands to you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:10 - Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:11 - Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:12 - Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:13 - But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:14 - O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:15 - Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:16 - Your wrath has swept over me;
your dreadful assaults destroy me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:17 - They surround me like a flood all day long;
they close in on me together.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:18 - You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness.[fn]
ESV Footnotes
Probably musical or liturgical terms
Or an abomination
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Or darkness has become my only companion

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