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88 A song. A psalm of the sons of Korah.
For the music director; according to Mahalath Leannoth.
A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.a
I cry out by day and through the night before you.
incline your ear to my cry.
and my life approaches Sheol.
5 set freed among the dead,
like the slain lying in the grave,
whom you no longer remember,
even those cut off from your hand.
in dark places, in the depths.
and you afflict me with all your waves. Selah
You have made me detestablee to them.
I am confined and cannot go out.
I call on you, O Yahweh, every day;
I spread out my handsf to you.
10 Do you work wondersg for the dead?
Or do the departed spiritsh rise up to praise you? Selah
or your faithfulness in the underworld?i
12 Are your wondersj known in the darkness,
or your righteousnessk in the land of forgetfulness?
and in the morning my prayer comes before you.
Why do you hide your face from me?
I bear your terrors. I am distraught.l
your sudden fears have destroyed me.
they circle about me altogether.
my acquaintances far from my darkness.
The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
The Hebrew suggests a strong, vigorous man
Or “without help”
Hebrew “an abomination”
Hebrew rephaim, sometimes translated “shades”; the weakened state of those who have died
Hebrew abaddon, the place of destruction
Or “deed of justice”
Hebrew meaning uncertain
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