|[A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.]||Help Me O Lord!. Psalm 88(v87)|
|O LORD, my God, I call for help by day; |
I cry out in the night before thee.
|Let my prayer come before thee, |
incline thy ear to my cry!
|For my soul is full of troubles, |
and my life draws near to Sheol.
|I am reckoned among those who go down to the Pit; |
I am a man who has no strength,
|like one forsaken among the dead, |
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom thou dost remember no more,
for they are cut off from thy hand.
|Thou hast put me in the depths of the Pit, |
in the regions dark and deep.
|Thy wrath lies heavy upon me, |
and thou dost overwhelm me with all thy waves. [Selah]
|Thou hast caused my companions to shun me; |
thou hast made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
|my eye grows dim through sorrow. |
Every day I call upon thee, O LORD;
I spread out my hands to thee.
|Dost thou work wonders for the dead? |
Do the shades rise up to praise thee? [Selah]
|Is thy steadfast love declared in the grave, |
or thy faithfulness in Abaddon?
|Are thy wonders known in the darkness, |
or thy saving help in the land of forgetfulness?
|But I, O LORD, cry to thee; |
in the morning my prayer comes before thee.
|O LORD, why dost thou cast me off? |
Why dost thou hide thy face from me?
|Afflicted and close to death |
from my youth up, I suffer thy terrors;
I am helpless.
|Thy wrath has swept over me; |
thy dread assaults destroy me.
|They surround me like a flood all day long; |
they close in upon me together.
|Thou hast caused lover and friend to shun me;|
my companions are in darkness.
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