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I Cry Out Day and Night Before You

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

881O Lord, cGod of my salvation;

  I dcry out day and night before you.

Ps. 22:2; Luke 18:7

See Ps. 24:5

2Let my prayer come before you;

  eincline your ear to my cry!

See Ps. 31:2

3For my soul is full of troubles,

  and fmy life draws near to gSheol.

See Ps. 16:10

[Ps. 107:18]

4I am counted among those who hgo down to the pit;

  I am a man who has no strength,

See Ps. 28:1

5like one set loose among the dead,

  like the slain that lie in the grave,

like those whom iyou remember no more,

  for they are jcut off from your hand.

Isa. 53:8

[Ps. 31:12]

6You have put me in kthe depths of the pit,

  in the lregions dark and mdeep.

Ps. 69:15

12, 18; Ps. 143:3; Lam. 3:6

[Ps. 63:9]

7Your wrath nlies heavy upon me,

  and you overwhelm me with oall your waves.   Selah

Ps. 42:7

[Ps. 32:4]

8You have caused pmy companions to shun me;

  you have made me qa horror2 to them.

I am rshut in so that I cannot escape;

Jer. 32:2

Job 30:10

18; Ps. 142:4; See Job 19:13

Or an abomination

9  smy eye grows dim through sorrow.

Every day I call upon you, O Lord;

  I tspread out my hands to you.

See Job 11:13

[Ps. 6:7]

10Do you work wonders for the dead?

  uDo the departed rise up to praise you?   Selah

[Ps. 6:5]

11Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,

  or your faithfulness in Abaddon?

12Are your vwonders known in wthe darkness,

  or your righteousness in the land of xforgetfulness?

[Eccles. 9:5]

6; Job 10:21

Ps. 89:5

13But I, O Lord, cry yto you;

  zin the morning my prayer comes before you.

See Ps. 5:3

Ps. 30:2

14O Lord, why ado you cast my soul away?

  Why bdo you hide your face from me?

See Job 13:24

See Ps. 44:9

15Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,

  I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.3

The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

16Your wrath has swept over me;

  your cdreadful assaults destroy me.

Job 6:4; 9:34

17They dsurround me like a flood eall day long;

  they fclose in on me together.

Ps. 18:4; 22:16; [Ps. 118:10]

Ps. 86:3

See Ps. 118:10-12

18You have caused gmy beloved and my friend to shun me;

  my companions have become darkness.4

See Job 19:13

Or darkness has become my only companion