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Psalm 88 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:1 - A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A [fn]Maskil of Heman [fn]the Ezrahite.
O LORD, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out by day and in the 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 has [fn]had enough troubles,
And my life has drawn near to [fn]Sheol.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:4 - I am reckoned among those who go down to the pit;
I have become like a man without strength,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:5 - [fn]Forsaken among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom You remember no more,
And they are cut off from Your hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:6 - You have put me in the lowest pit,
In dark places, in the depths.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:7 - Your wrath has rested upon me,
And You have afflicted me with all Your waves. [fn]Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:8 - You have removed my acquaintances far from me;
You have made me an [fn]object of loathing to them;
I am shut up and cannot go out.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:9 - My eye has wasted away because of affliction;
I have called upon You every day, O LORD;
I have spread out my [fn]hands to You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:10 - Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Will the [fn]departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:11 - Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in [fn]Abaddon?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:12 - Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness?
And Your [fn]righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:13 - But I, O LORD, have cried out to You for help,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:14 - O LORD, why do You reject my soul?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:15 - I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on;
I suffer Your terrors; I am [fn]overcome.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:16 - Your burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have [fn]destroyed me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:17 - They have surrounded me like water all day long;
They have encompassed me altogether.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 88:18 - You have removed lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness.
NASB95 Footnotes
Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm
1 Kin 4:31; 1 Chr 2:6; Ps 89: title
Or, been satisfied with
I.e. the nether world
Literally: A freed one among the dead
Selah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude
Literally: abomination to them
Literally: palms
Or, ghosts, shades
I.e. place of destruction
I.e. faithfulness to His gracious promises
Or, embarrassed
Or, silenced

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