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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 88

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A Despairing Lament

1A song; a psalm of the Korahites. For the leader; according to Mahalath. For singing; a maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.

I

2 LORD, my God, I call out by day; at night I cry aloud in your presence. d Ps 77, 3 . 3Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry. e Ps 119, 170 . 4For my soul is filled with troubles; f 88, 4–7: Pss 28, 1; 30, 4; 40, 3; 86, 13; 143, 7; Nm 16, 33; Jb 17, 1; Jon 2, 7 . * my life draws near to Sheol. 5I am reckoned with those who go down to the pit; I am weak, without strength. 6My couch is among the dead, with the slain who lie in the grave. You remember them no more;they are cut off from your care. 7You plunged me into the bottom of the pit, into the darkness of the abyss. 8Your wrath lies heavy upon me; all your waves crash over me. g Pss 18, 5; 32, 6; 42, 8; 69, 2; Jon 2, 4 .   Selah 9Because of you my friends shun me; you make me loathsome to them; h Pss 38, 12; 79, 4; 80, 7; 123, 3–4; 142, 8; Jb 12, 4; 19, 13; Lam 3, 7; Dn 9, 16 . Caged in, I cannot escape; 10my eyes grow dim from trouble.

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All day I call on you, LORD; I stretch out my hands to you. 11Do you work wonders for the dead?* Do the shades arise and praise you? i Pss 6, 6; 30, 10; 38, 18; 115, 17 .   Selah 12Is your love proclaimed in the grave, your fidelity in the tomb? 13Are your marvels declared in the darkness, your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?

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14But I cry out to you, LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. 15Why do you reject me, LORD? Why hide your face from me? 16I am mortally afflicted since youth; lifeless, I suffer your terrible blows. 17Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have reduced me to silence. j Jb 6, 4; 20, 25 . 18All the day they surge round like a flood; from every side they close in on me. 19Because of you companions shun me; k Jb 19, 13 . my only friend is darkness.

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