1 «A Song [or] Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon MahalathThat is, to humble. It was the beginning of a song by which tune this psalm was sung.Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.» O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day [and] nightThough many cry in their sorrows, yet they cry not earnestly to God for remedy as he did whom he confessed to be the author of his salvation.before thee:
2 Let my prayer enter into thy presence: incline thine eare vnto my cry.
3 For my soule is filled with euils, and my life draweth neere to the graue.
4 I am counted among them that go downe vnto the pit, and am as a man without strength:
5 For he who is dead is free from all cares and business of this life and thus he says because he was unprofitable for all matters concerning man's life, and as it were cut off from this world.Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thyThat is, from your providence and care, which is meant according to the judgment of the flesh.hand.
6 Thou hast layde me in the lowest pit, in darkenes, and in the deepe.
7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with all thyThe storms of your wrath have overwhelmed me.waves. Selah.
8 Thou hast put away mineHe attributes the loss and displeasure of his friends to God's providence by which he partly punishes and partly tries his.acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them:I see no end to my sorrows.[I am] shut up, and I cannot come forth.
9 My eyes and face declare my sorrows.Mine eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
10 Wilt thou shewHe shows that the time is more convenient for God to help when men call to him in their dangers, than to tarry till they are dead, and then raise them up again.wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise [and] praise thee? Selah.
11 Shall thy louing kindenes be declared in the graue? or thy faithfulnes in destruction?
12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the landThat is, in the grave, where only the body lies without all sense and remembrance.of forgetfulness?
13 But vnto thee haue I cryed, O Lorde, and early shall my prayer come before thee.
14 Lorde, why doest thou reiect my soule, and hidest thy face from me?
15 I [am] afflicted and ready to dieI am always in great dangers and sorrows as though my life would utterly be cut off every moment.from [my] youth up: [while] I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
16 Thine indignations goe ouer me, and thy feare hath cut me off.
17 They came round about me dayly like water, and compassed me together.
18 My louers and friends hast thou put away from me, and mine acquaintance hid themselues.