English Revised Version

Psalms 88

A prayer containing a grievous complaint.

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

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