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Psalm 88

A Song or Psalm for the sons of Korah, to the chief Musician. Mahalath Leannoth. Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.
1 O Jehovah the God of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.
2 Let my prayer come before You; extend Your ear to my cry.
3 For my soul is full of evil, and my life draws near to Sheol.
4 I am reckoned with those who go down to the pit; I am like a man with no strength,
5 free among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom You remember no more, and who have been cut off from Your hand.
6 You have laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the depths.
7 Your wrath has leaned upon me, and You have afflicted me with all Your waves. Selah
8 You have removed my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; I am shut up, and I cannot go out;
9 my eye has become faint because of affliction. Jehovah, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands unto You.
10 Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall the dead arise and give thanks to You? Selah
11 Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in Abaddon?
12 Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of oblivion?
13 But unto You I have cried out, O Jehovah, and in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 Jehovah, 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 have suffered Your terrors; I am perplexed.
16 Your fury has passed over me; Your terrors have cut me off.
17 They have encompassed me like water all day long; they have engulfed me altogether.
18 Lover and friend You have removed far from me, and my acquaintances into darkness.
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