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May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. (Psalm 88:2)
For my soul is full of trouble and my life draws near the grave. (Psalm 88:3)
I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am like a man without strength. (Psalm 88:4)
I am set apart with the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more, who are cut off from your care. (Psalm 88:5)
You have put me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths. (Psalm 88:6)
Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.
You have taken from me my closest friends and have made me repulsive to them. I am confined and cannot escape; (Psalm 88:8)
my eyes are dim with grief. I call to you, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to you. (Psalm 88:9)
Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do those who are dead rise up and praise you?
Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction ? (Psalm 88:11)
Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion? (Psalm 88:12)
But I cry to you for help, O LORD; in the morning my prayer comes before you. (Psalm 88:13)
Why, O LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me? (Psalm 88:14)
From my youth I have been afflicted and close to death; I have suffered your terrors and am in despair. (Psalm 88:15)
Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. (Psalm 88:16)
All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. (Psalm 88:17)
You have taken my companions and loved ones from me; the darkness is my closest friend. (Psalm 88:18)
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