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Psalm 87

Glorious Things of You Are Spoken

A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. A Song.

1On the holy mount stands the city he founded;

2the Lord loves the gates of Zion

more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.

3Glorious things of you are spoken,

O city of God. Selah

4Among those who know me I mention Rahab and Babylon;

behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Cush1

“This one was born there,” they say.

5And of Zion it shall be said,

“This one and that one were born in her”;

for the Most High himself will establish her.

6The Lord records as he registers the peoples,

“This one was born there.” Selah

7Singers and dancers alike say,

“All my springs are in you.”

Footnotes

  • 1 87:4 Probably Nubia

Psalm 88

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 Maskil1 of Heman the Ezrahite.

1O Lord, God of my salvation;

I cry out day and night before you.

2Let my prayer come before you;

incline your ear to my cry!

3For my soul is full of troubles,

and my life draws near to Sheol.

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

I am a man who has no strength,

5like one set loose among the dead,

like the slain that lie in the grave,

like those whom you remember no more,

for they are cut off from your hand.

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

in the regions dark and deep.

7Your wrath lies heavy upon me,

and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah

8You have caused my companions to shun me;

you have made me a horror2 to them.

I am shut in so that I cannot escape;

9my eye grows dim through sorrow.

Every day I call upon you, O Lord;

I spread out my hands to you.

10Do you work wonders for the dead?

Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah

11Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,

or your faithfulness in Abaddon?

12Are your wonders known in the darkness,

or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13But I, O Lord, cry to you;

in the morning my prayer comes before you.

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

Why do you hide your face from me?

15Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,

I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.3

16Your wrath has swept over me;

your dreadful assaults destroy me.

17They surround me like a flood all day long;

they close in on me together.

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

my companions have become darkness.4

Footnotes

  • 1 88:1 Probably musical or liturgical terms
  • 2 88:8 Or an abomination
  • 3 88:15 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
  • 4 88:18 Or darkness has become my only companion