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Psalm 88 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 88

Darkness Is My Friend

The Headings

A song. A psalm. By the Sons of Korah.

For the choir director. According to mahalath leannoth.[a]

A maskil[b] of Heman the Ezrahite.

Opening Plea

O Lord, the God who saves me, by day I cry out.
At night I cry before you.
May my prayer come before you.
Turn your ear to my cry.

The Problem

Indeed, my soul has had its fill of troubles,
and my life has arrived at the grave.
I am treated like those who go down to the pit.
I am like someone without strength.
I am turned loose with the dead.
I am like the slain who lie in the grave,
like the ones you do not remember anymore,
like those who are cut off from your hand.
You have put me in the lowest pit,
in dark places, in the depths.
Your wrath presses against me.
You have battered me with all your breakers.
Interlude
You have distanced my acquaintances from me.
You have made me repulsive to them.
I am shut in and I cannot get out.
My eyesight grows dim from affliction.
I call to you, O Lord, every day.
I spread out my hands to you.

The Darkness of Death

10 Is it for the dead that you do a miracle?
Do the spirits of the dead rise up and praise you?
Interlude
11 Is your mercy declared in the tomb,
your faithfulness in decay?
12 Is your wonderful work known in the darkness?
Is your righteousness known in the land of forgetfulness?
13 But I cry to you, O Lord,
and in the morning my prayer comes before you.

14 Why, O Lord, do you reject my soul?
Why do you hide your face from me?
15 I have been afflicted
and I have been close to death since my youth.
I have endured your terrors.
I am in despair.
16 Your rage has swept over me.
Your terrors have destroyed me.
17 All day long they surround me like water.
They have battered me completely.
18 You have distanced my loved one and friend from me.
My only friend is darkness.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 88:1 Probably the name of the tune, “Suffering of Affliction”
  2. Psalm 88:1 A maskil is a type of hymn. It means a song that makes one wise or a skillful song.
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