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Psalm 88

A song; a psalm by Korah’s descendants; for the choir director; according to mahalath leannoth;a a maskil by Heman the Ezrahite. 

O Lord God, my savior, 

I cry out to you during the day and at night. 

Let my prayer come into your presence. 

Turn your ear to hear my cries. 

My soul is filled with troubles, 

and my life comes closer to the grave. 

I am numbered with those who go into the pit. 

I am like a man without any strength— 

abandoned with the dead, 

like those who have been killed and lie in graves, 

like those whom you no longer remember, 

who are cut off from your power. 

You have put me in the bottom of the pit—in deep, dark places. 

Your rage lies heavily on me. 

You make all your waves pound on me. 


You have taken my friends far away from me. 

You made me disgusting to them. 

I’m shut in, and I can’t get out. 

My eyes grow weak because of my suffering. 

All day long I call out to you, O Lord

I stretch out my hands to you ⸤in prayer⸥. 

10  Will you perform miracles for those who are dead? 

Will the spirits of the dead rise and give thanks to you? 


11  Will anyone tell about your mercy in Sheol 

or about your faithfulness in Abaddon? 

12  Will anyone know about your miracles in that dark place 

or about your righteousness in the place where forgotten people live? 

13  I cry out to you for help, O Lord

and in the morning my prayer will come into your presence. 

14  Why do you reject my soul, O Lord

Why do you hide your face from me? 

15  Ever since I was young, I have been suffering and near death. 

I have endured your terrors, and now I am in despair. 

16  Your burning anger has swept over me. 

Your terrors have destroyed me. 

17  They swirl around me all day long like water. 

They surround me on all sides

18  You have taken my loved ones and friends far away from me. 

Darkness is my only friend! 


About GOD’S WORD Translation

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) communicates the saving, life-changing Good News about Jesus in clear, natural English. Translated directly from the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek by a committee of scholars, GOD’S WORD is an exceptional Bible that consciously combines scholarly fidelity with natural English.

By implementing the translation principles of Closest Natural Equivalence, the translation committee seeks to translate the best available texts into English with the closest possible accuracy. This commitment to accurately translating the Bible includes expressing the meaning naturally and in a style that preserves the characteristics of the source text.

The combination of accuracy and readability makes GOD’S WORD ideally suited for the following:

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