1:2: Let my prayer come before you; give ear to my cry: 3: For my soul is full of evils, and my life has come near to the underworld. 4: I am numbered among those who go down into the earth; I have become like a man for whom there is no help: 5: My soul is among the dead, like those in the underworld, to whom you give no more thought; for they are cut off from your care. 6: You have put me in the lowest deep, even in dark places. 7: The weight of your wrath is crushing me, all your waves have overcome me. (Selah.) 8: You have sent my friends far away from me; you have made me a disgusting thing in their eyes: I am shut up, and not able to come out. 9: My eyes are wasting away because of my trouble: Lord, my cry has gone up to you every day, my hands are stretched out to you. 10: Will you do works of wonder for the dead? will the shades come back to give you praise? (Selah.) 11: Will the story of your mercy be given in the house of the dead? will news of your faith come to the place of destruction? 12: May there be knowledge of your wonders in the dark? or of your righteousness where memory is dead? 13: But to you did I send up my cry, O Lord; in the morning my prayer came before you. 14: Lord, why have you sent away my soul? why is your face covered from me? 15: I have been troubled and in fear of death from the time when I was young; your wrath is hard on me, and I have no strength. 16: The heat of your wrath has gone over me; I am broken by your cruel punishments. 17: They are round me all the day like water; they have made a circle about me. 18: You have sent my friends and lovers far from me; I am gone from the memory of those who are dear to me.