My eye has wasted away because of affliction;
I have called upon You every day, O Lord;
I have spread out my [a]hands to You.
Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Will the [b]departed spirits rise and praise You? Selah.
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave,
Your faithfulness in [c]Abaddon?
Will Your wonders be made known in the darkness?
And Your [d]righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
But I, O Lord, have cried out to You for help,
And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
O Lord, why do You reject my soul?
Why do You hide Your face from me?
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on;
I suffer Your terrors; I am [e]overcome.
Your burning anger has passed over me;
Your terrors have [f]destroyed me.
They have surrounded me like water all day long;
They have encompassed me altogether.
You have removed lover and friend far from me;
My acquaintances are in darkness.
- Psalm 88:9 Lit palms
- Psalm 88:10 Or ghosts, shades
- Psalm 88:11 I.e. place of destruction
- Psalm 88:12 I.e. faithfulness to His gracious promises
- Psalm 88:15 Or embarrassed
- Psalm 88:16 Or silenced