A song, a psalm written by the Korahites; for the music director; according to the machalath-leannoth style;2 a well-written song3 by Heman the Ezrachite.
88:1 O Lord God who delivers me!4
By day I cry out
and at night I pray before you.5
88:2 Listen to my prayer!6
Pay attention7 to my cry for help!
88:3 For my life8 is filled with troubles
and I am ready to enter Sheol.9
88:4 They treat me like10 those who descend into the grave.11
I am like a helpless man,12
88:5 adrift13 among the dead,
like corpses lying in the grave,
whom you remember no more,
and who are cut off from your power.14
88:6 You place me in the lowest regions of the pit,15
in the dark places, in the watery depths.
88:7 Your anger bears down on me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Selah)
88:8 You cause those who know me to keep their distance;
you make me an appalling sight to them.
I am trapped and cannot get free.16
88:9 My eyes grow weak because of oppression.
I call out to you, O Lord, all day long;
I spread out my hands in prayer to you.17
88:10 Do you accomplish amazing things for the dead?
Do the departed spirits18 rise up and give you thanks? (Selah)
88:11 Is your loyal love proclaimed in the grave,
or your faithfulness in the place of the dead?19
88:12 Are your amazing deeds experienced20 in the dark region,21
or your deliverance in the land of oblivion?22
88:13 As for me, I cry out to you, O Lord;
in the morning my prayer confronts you.
88:14 O Lord, why do you reject me,
and pay no attention to me?23
88:15 I am oppressed and have been on the verge of death since my youth.24
I have been subjected to your horrors and am numb with pain.25
88:16 Your anger overwhelms me;26
your terrors destroy me.
88:17 They surround me like water all day long;
they join forces and encircle me.27
88:18 You cause my friends and neighbors to keep their distance;28
those who know me leave me alone in the darkness.29