¶ A Psalm and song of the sons of Corah, to the chanter upon Mahelath, for the affliction, and instruction of Heman the Ezrahite.Oh LORD God my Savior, I cry day and night before thee, Oh let my prayer enter into thy presence, incline thine ear unto my calling. For my soul is full of trouble, and my life draweth nye unto hell. I am counted as one of them that go down into the pit, I am even as a man that hath no strength. Free among the dead, like unto them that lie in the grave, which be out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand. Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in the darkness and in the deep. Thy indignation lieth hard upon me, and thou vexest me with all thy floods. Selah. Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me, and made me to be abhorred of them: I am so fast in prison, that I can not get forth. My sight faileth for very trouble: LORD, I call daily upon thee, and stretch out my hands unto thee.
¶ Doest thou shew wonders among the dead? Can the Physicians raise them up again, that they may praise thee? Selah. May thy loving kindness be shewed in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? May thy wonderous works be known in the dark? or thy righteousness in the land where all things are forgotten? Unto thee I cry, O LORD, and early cometh my prayer before thee. LORD, why puttest thou away my soul? Wherefore hidest thou thy face from me? My strength is gone for very sorrow and misery, with fearfulness do I bear thy burthens. Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me; the fear of thee oppresseth me. They came round about me daily like water, and compass me together on every side. My lovers and friends hast thou put away from me, and turned away mine acquaintance.