A prayer containing a grievous complaint.
Psalms 88:1 A Song, a Psalm, by sons of Korah, to the Overseer, 'Concerning the Sickness of Afflictions.'An instruction, by Heman the Ezrahite. O Jehovah, God of my salvation, Daily I have cried, nightly before Thee, Psalms 88:2 My prayer cometh in before Thee, Incline Thine ear to my loud cry, Psalms 88:3 For my soul hath been full of evils, And my life hath come to Sheol. Psalms 88:4 I have been reckoned with those going down [to] the pit, I have been as a man without strength. Psalms 88:5 Among the deadfree, As pierced ones lying in the grave, Whom Thou hast not remembered any more, Yea, they by Thy hand have been cut off. Psalms 88:6 Thou hast put me in the lowest pit, In dark places, in depths. Psalms 88:7 Upon me hath Thy fury lain, And [with] all Thy breakers Thou hast afflicted. Selah. Psalms 88:8 Thou hast put mine acquaintance far from me, Thou hast made me an abomination to them, Shut upI go not forth. Psalms 88:9 Mine eye hath grieved because of affliction, I called Thee, O Jehovah, all the day, I have spread out unto Thee my hands. Psalms 88:10 To the dead dost Thou do wonders? Do Rephaim rise? do they thank Thee? Selah. Psalms 88:11 Is Thy kindness recounted in the grave? Thy faithfulness in destruction? Psalms 88:12 Are Thy wonders known in the darkness? And Thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? Psalms 88:13 And I, unto Thee, O Jehovah, I have cried, And in the morning doth my prayer come before Thee. Psalms 88:14 Why, O Jehovah, castest Thou off my soul? Thou hidest Thy face from me. Psalms 88:15 I [am] afflicted, and expiring from youth, I have borne Thy terrorsI pine away. Psalms 88:16 Over me hath Thy wrath passed, Thy terrors have cut me off, Psalms 88:17 They have surrounded me as waters all the day, They have gone round against me together, Psalms 88:18 Thou hast put far from me lover and friend, Mine acquaintance [is] the place of darkness!