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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Book III
A Petition to Be Saved from Death
A Song, a Psalm of the sons of Korah; for the Chief Musician; set to Mahalath Leannoth. 1 Maschil of Heman the Ezrahite.
[1]  O JEHOVAH, the God of my salvation,
I have cried day and night before thee.
[2]  Let my prayer enter into thy presence;
Incline thine ear unto my cry.
[3]  For my soul is full of troubles,
And my life draweth nigh unto Sheol.
[4]  I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit;
I am as a man that hath no help,
[5]  Cast off 2 among the dead,
Like the slain that lie in the grave,
Whom thou rememberest no more,
And they are cut off from thy hand.
[6]  Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit,
In dark places, in the deeps.
[7]  Thy wrath lieth hard upon me,
And thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves.  [Selah
[8]  Thou hast put mine acquaintance far from me;
Thou hast made me an abomination unto them:
I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
[9]  Mine eye wasteth away by reason of affliction:
I have called daily upon thee, O Jehovah;
I have spread forth my hands unto thee.
[10]  Wilt thou show wonders to the dead?
Shall they 3 that are deceased arise and praise thee?  [Selah
[11]  Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave?
Or thy faithfulness in Destruction? 4
[12]  Shall thy wonders be known in the dark?
And thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
[13]  But unto thee, O Jehovah, have I cried;
And in the morning shall my prayer come before thee.
[14]  Jehovah, why castest thou off my soul?
Why hidest thou thy face from me?
[15]  I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up:
While I suffer thy terrors I am distracted.
[16]  Thy fierce wrath is gone over me;
Thy terrors have cut me off.
[17]  They came round about me like water all the day long;
They compassed me about together.
[18]  Lover and friend hast thou put far from me,
And mine acquaintance into 5 darkness.
Note 1. Or, for singing. [back]
Note 2. Or, away. [back]
Note 3. Or, the shades.Heb. Rephaim. [back]
Note 4. Heb. Abaddon. See Job 26. 6. [back]
Note 5. Or, are darkness. [back]


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