NASB — Psalms 88 — KJV

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. For the choir director; according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

  1 O LORD, the aGod of my salvation,
  I have bcried out by day and in the night before You.
  2 Let my prayer acome before You;
  bIncline Your ear to my cry!
  3 For my asoul has Ihad enough troubles,
  And bmy life has drawn near to IISheol.
  4 I am reckoned among those who ago down to the pit;
  I have become like a man bwithout strength,
  5 IForsaken aamong the dead,
  Like the slain who lie in the grave,
  Whom You remember no more,
  And they are bcut off from Your hand.
  6 You have put me in athe lowest pit,
  In bdark places, in the cdepths.
  7 Your wrath ahas rested upon me,
  And You have afflicted me with ball Your waves.
      ISelah.
  8 You have removed amy acquaintances far from me;
  You have made me an Ibobject of loathing to them;
  I am cshut up and cannot go out.
  9 My aeye has wasted away because of affliction;
  I have bcalled upon You every day, O LORD;
  I have cspread out my Ihands to You.

[1] Possibly, Contemplative, or Didactic, or Skillful Psalm 1K 4:31; 1Ch 2:6; Ps 89: title aPs 24:5; 27:9 bPs 22:2; 86:3; Lk 18:7
[2] aPs 18:6 bPs 31:2; 86:1
[3] IOr been satisfied with III.e. the nether world aPs 107:26 bPs 107:18; 116:3
[4] aPs 28:1; 143:7 bJb 29:12; Ps 22:11
[5] ILit A freed one among the dead aPs 31:12 bPs 31:22; Is 53:8
[6] aPs 86:13; Lm 3:55 bPs 143:3 cPs 69:15
[7] ISelah may mean: Pause, Crescendo or Musical interlude aPs 32:4; 39:10 bPs 42:7
[8] ILit abomination to them aJb 19:13, 19; Ps 31:11; 142:4 bJb 30:10 cPs 142:7; Jr 32:2; 36:5
[9] ILit palms aPs 6:7; 31:9 bPs 22:2; 86:3 cJb 11:13; Ps 143:6

  10 ¶ Will You perform wonders for the dead?
  Will athe Ideparted spirits rise [and] praise You?
      Selah.
  11 Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
  Your faithfulness in IAbaddon?
  12 Will Your wonders be made known in the adarkness?
  And Your Irighteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

[10] IOr ghosts, shades aPs 6:5; 30:9
[11] II.e. place of destruction
[12] II.e. faithfulness to His gracious promises aJb 10:21; Ps 88:6

  13 ¶ But I, O LORD, have cried out ato You for help,
  And bin the morning my prayer comes before You.
  14 O LORD, why ado You reject my soul?
  [Why] do You bhide Your face from me?
  15 I was afflicted and aabout to die from my youth on;
  I suffer bYour terrors; I am Iovercome.
  16 Your aburning anger has passed over me;
  Your terrors have Ibdestroyed me.
  17 They have asurrounded me blike water all day long;
  They have cencompassed me altogether.
  18 You have removed alover and friend far from me;
  My acquaintances are [in] darkness.

[13] aPs 30:2 bPs 5:3; 119:147
[14] aPs 43:2; 44:9 bJb 13:24; Ps 13:1; 44:24
[15] IOr embarrassed aPv 24:11 bJb 6:4; 31:23
[16] IOr silenced a2Ch 28:11; Is 13:13; Lm 1:12 bLm 3:54; Ezk 37:11
[17] aPs 118:10-12 bPs 124:4 cPs 17:11; 22:12, 16
[18] aJb 19:13; Ps 88:8; 31:11; 38:11


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A prayer containing a grievous complaint.

1 ¶ [[A 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: 2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; 3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. 4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man [that hath] no strength: 5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand. 6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps. 7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with all thy waves. Selah. 8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast made me an abomination unto them: [I am] shut up, and I cannot come forth. 9 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 shew wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise [and] praise thee? Selah. 11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? [or] thy faithfulness in destruction? 12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 13 But unto thee have I cried, O LORD; and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee. 14 LORD, why castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face from me? 15 I [am] afflicted and ready to die from [my] youth up: [while] I suffer thy terrors I am distracted. 16 Thy fierce wrath goeth over me; thy terrors have cut me off. 17 They came round about me daily like water; they compassed me about together. 18 Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, [and] mine acquaintance into darkness.

[1] Gn 49:18; 1K 4:31; 1Ch 2:6; Ne 1:6; Ps 22:2; 27:1, 9; 51:14; 62:7; 65:5; 68:19; 79:9; 86:3; 140:7; Is 12:2; 62:6; Lk 1:47; 2:30, 37; 18:7; 1Th 3:10; 2Ti 1:3; Tit 2:10, 13; 3:4.
[2] 1K 8:31; Ps 79:11; 141:1; Lm 3:8.
[3] Jb 6:2; 33:22; Ps 22:11; 69:17; 77:2; 88:14; 107:18; 143:3; Is 53:3, 10; Lm 3:15; Mt 26:37; Mk 14:33.
[4] Jb 17:1; Ps 28:1; 30:9; 31:12; 109:22; 143:7; Is 38:17; Ezk 26:20; Jna 2:6; Ro 5:6; 2Co 1:9; 13:4.
[5] Gn 8:1; 19:29; Jb 6:9; 11:10; Ps 31:22; 88:16; 136:23; Is 14:9; 38:10; 53:8; Ezk 32:18.
[6] Dt 32:22; Ps 40:2; 69:15; 86:13; 130:1; 143:3; Pv 4:19; Lm 3:2; Jn 12:46; Jde 1:6, 13.
[7] Jb 6:4; 10:16; Ps 38:1; 42:7; 90:7; 102:10; Jna 2:3; Jn 3:36; Ro 2:5; 1P 2:24; Rv 6:16.
[8] 1S 23:18; Jb 12:14; 19:8, 13; Ps 31:11; 88:18; 143:4; Is 49:7; 63:3; Lm 3:7; Zc 11:8; Mt 27:21; Jn 11:57; 15:23.
[9] Jb 11:13; 16:20; 17:7; Ps 38:10; 42:3; 44:20; 55:17; 68:31; 86:3; 88:1; 102:9; 143:6; Lm 3:48; Ezk 17:11; Jn 11:35.
[10] Jb 14:7; Ps 6:5; 30:9; 115:17; 118:17; Is 26:19; 38:18; Ezk 37:1; Mk 5:35; Lk 7:12; 1Co 15:52.
[11] Jb 21:30; 26:6; Ps 55:23; 73:18; Pv 15:11; Mt 7:13; Ro 9:22; 2P 2:1.
[12] Jb 10:21; Ps 31:12; 88:5; 143:3; Ec 2:16; 8:10; 9:5; Is 8:22; Mt 8:12; Jde 1:13.
[13] Ps 5:3; 21:3; 119:147; Mk 1:35.
[14] Jb 13:24; Ps 13:1; 43:2; 44:24; 69:17; 77:7; Mt 27:46.
[15] Jb 6:4; 7:11; 17:1, 11; Ps 22:14; 73:14; Is 53:3, 10; Zc 13:7; Lk 22:44.
[16] Ps 38:1; 89:46; 90:7, 11; 102:10; Is 53:4, 8; Dn 9:26; Ro 8:32; Ga 3:13; Rv 6:17.
[17] Jb 16:12; 30:14; Ps 22:16; 42:7; 69:1; 116:3; Lm 3:5; Mt 27:39.
[18] Jb 19:12; Ps 31:11; 38:11; 88:8.


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