2 88:1A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician upon Mahalath Leannoth, Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
3 88:2Let my prayer come before thee: incline thy ear to my cry;
4 88:3For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh to the grave.
5 88:4I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:
6 88:5Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.
7 88:6Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.
8 88:7Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.
9 88:8Thou hast put away my acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination to them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
10 88:9My eye mourneth by reason of affliction: LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands to thee.
11 88:10Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? Selah.
12 88:11Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction?
13 88:12Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
14 88:13But to thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.
15 88:14LORD, why castest thou off my soul? why hidest thou thy face from me?
16 88:15I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up: while I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
17 88:16Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off.
18 88:17They came around me daily like water; they encompassed me together.
19 88:18Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and my acquaintance into darkness.