1 A song or psalm of the sons of Korach, to the chief musician upon Machalathleannoth, a Maskil of Heman the Ezrachite.(88:2)O Lord the God of my salvation, by day do I cry, and at night I am before thee.
2 (88:3)Let my prayer come unto thy presence; incline thy ear unto my entreaty.
3 (88:4)For my soul is sated with troubles; and my life draweth nigh unto the nether world.
4 (88:5)I am counted with those that descend into the pit; I am become as a man without vigor:
5 (88:6)Free among the dead, like the slain that dwell in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more; and those that are cut off by thy hand.
6 (88:7)Thou hast laid me in the pit of the lower world, in darkness, in the depths.
7 (88:8)Upon me lieth heavily thy fury, and with all thy billows hast thou afflicted me. Selah.
8 (88:9)Thou hast removed my acquaintances far from me; thou hast rendered me an abomination unto them: I am imprisoned, and I cannot go forth.
9 (88:10)My eye languisheth by reason of affliction: I call on thee, O Lord, every day, I stretch out unto thee my hands.
10 (88:11)Wilt thou display wonders to the dead? shall the departed arise and thank thee? Selah.
11 (88:12)Shall thy kindness be related in the grave? thy faithfulness in the place of corruption?
12 (88:13)Shall thy wonders be acknowledged in the darkness? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13 (88:14)Yet I cry indeed aloud unto thee, O Lord; and in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.
14 (88:15)Why, O Lord, wilt thou cast off my soul? why wilt thou hide thy face from me?
15 (88:16)I am afflicted and perishing from my youth up: I bear thy terrors, I am distracted.
16 (88:17)Over me have the fires of thy wrath passed; thy terrors have destroyed me;
17 (88:18)They encompass me like water all the time; they have closed in round about me together.
18 (88:19)Thou hast removed far from me lover and friend, my acquaintances are in darkness.