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Psalms 88:1-18

A song, a melody of the sons of Ko′rah. To the director over Ma′ha·lath* for making responses. Mas′kil* of He′man+ the Ez′ra·hite. 88  O Jehovah, the God of my salvation,+ By day I have cried out,+ In the night [also] in front of you.+   Before you my prayer will come.+ Incline your ear to my entreating cry.+   For my soul has had enough of calamities,+ And my very life has come in touch even with She′ol.*+   I have been reckoned in among those going down to the pit;+ I have become like an able-bodied man without strength,+   Set free among the dead themselves,+ Like slain ones lying in the burial place,+ Whom you have remembered no longer And who have been severed from your own [helping] hand.+   You have put me in a pit of the lowest depths, In dark places, in a large abyss.*+   Upon me your rage has thrown itself,+ And with all your breaking waves you have afflicted [me].+ Se′lah.   You have put my acquaintances far away from me;+ You have set me as something very detestable to them.+ I am under restraint and cannot go forth.+   My own eye has languished because of my affliction.+ I have called on you, O Jehovah, all day long;+ To you I have spread out my palms.+ 10  For those who are dead will you do a marvel?+ Or will those impotent in death* themselves arise,+ Will they laud you?+ Se′lah. 11  Will your loving-kindness be declared in the burial place* itself, Your faithfulness in [the place of] destruction?*+ 12  Will a marvel by you be known in the darkness itself,+ Or your righteousness in the land of oblivion?+ 13  And yet to you, O Jehovah, I myself have cried for help,+ And in the morning my own prayer keeps confronting you.+ 14  Why is it, O Jehovah, that you cast off my soul?+ Why do you keep your face concealed from me?+ 15  I am afflicted and about to expire from boyhood on;+ I have borne frightful things from you very much.*+ 16  Over me your flashes of burning anger have passed;+ Terrors from you yourself have brought me to silence.+ 17  They have surrounded me like waters all day long;+ They have closed in upon me all at one time. 18  You have put far away from me friend and companion;+ My acquaintances are a dark place.+


See 53:Sup ftn, “Mahalath.”
See 32:Sup ftn.
“With Sheol.” Heb., lish·ʼohl′; Gr., hai′dei; Lat., in·fer′no. See App 4B.
Lit., “abysses,” pl., likely to denote grandioseness.
“Those impotent in death.” Heb., repha·ʼim′; T, “bodies dissolved in the dust”; LXXVg, “healers (medical doctors)”; Sy, “mighty ones (giants).” Compare Job 26:5 ftn.
“The grave,” LXX; Vg, “sepulcher.”
“In [the place of] destruction.” Heb., ba·ʼavad·dohn′; Syr., baʼv·da·naʼ; LXX, “in destruction”; Lat., in per·di·ti·o′ne, “in perdition.” See Job 26:6 ftn.
“Very much.” Heb., ʼa·phu′nah, of uncertain meaning; LXXSyVg, “I am embarrassed (confused).”