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{A Song, a Psalm for the sons of Korah.
To the chief Musician.
Upon Mahalath Leannoth.
An instruction.
Of Heman the Ezrahite.}
Jehovah, God of my salvation, I have cried by day [and] in the night before thee.
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Let my prayer come before thee;
incline thine ear unto my cry.
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For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh to Sheol.
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I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit;
I am as a man that hath no strength:
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Prostrate among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave;
whom thou rememberest no more, and who are cut off from thy hand.
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Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in dark places, in the deeps.
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Thy fury lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with all thy waves.
Selah.
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Thou hast put my familiar friends far from me;
thou hast made me an abomination unto them: I am shut up, and I cannot come forth.
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Mine eye consumeth by reason of affliction.
Upon thee, Jehovah, have I called every day;
I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
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Wilt thou do wonders to the dead?
shall the shades arise and praise thee?
Selah.
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Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave?
thy faithfulness in Destruction?
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Shall thy wonders be known in the dark?
and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
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But as for me, Jehovah, I cry unto thee, and in the morning my prayer cometh before thee.
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Why, O Jehovah, castest thou off my soul?
[why] hidest thou thy face from me?
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I am afflicted and expiring from my youth up;
I suffer thy terrors, [and] I am distracted.
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Thy fierce anger hath gone over me;
thy terrors have brought me to nought:
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They have surrounded me all the day like water;
they have compassed me about together.
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Lover and associate hast thou put far from me: my familiar friends are darkness.