Psalms - Chapter 88 | New International Version

  • 1. {A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.} O LORD, the God who saves me, day and night I cry out before you.
  • 2. May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry.
  • 3. For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave.
  • 4. I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength.
  • 5. I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care.
  • 6. You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
  • 7. Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves. Selah
  • 8. You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape;
  • 9. my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you.
  • 10. Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you? Selah
  • 11. Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction?
  • 12. Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?
  • 13. But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you.
  • 14. Why, O LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?
  • 15. From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair.
  • 16. Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me.
  • 17. All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me.
  • 18. You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend.