Psalms - Chapter 88
1 A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician. Set to "Mahalath Leannoth." A Contemplation of Heman the Ezrahite. O LORD, God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.
Seriously ill Tells About His Grief
2 Let my prayer come before You; Incline Your ear to my cry.
3 For my soul is full of troubles, And my life draws near to the grave.
4 I am counted with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man [who has] no strength,
5 Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand.
6 You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.
7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me, And You have afflicted [me] with all Your waves. Selah
8 You have put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; [I am] shut up, and I cannot get out;
9 My eye wastes away because of affliction. LORD, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You.
Asks for Help
10 Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise [and] praise You? Selah
11 Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? [Or] Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12 Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13 But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 LORD, why do You cast off my soul? [Why] do You hide Your face from me?
15 I [have been] afflicted and ready to die from [my] youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.
16 Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have cut me off.
17 They came around me all day long like water; They engulfed me altogether.
18 Loved one and friend You have put far from me, [And] my acquaintances into darkness.