1: (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. 2: Let my prayer come before thee; incline thine ear unto my cry. 3: For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draweth nigh to Sheol. 4: I am reckoned with them that go down into the pit; I am as a man that hath no strength: 5: 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. 6: Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in dark places, in the deeps. 7: Thy fury lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted [me] with all thy waves. Selah. 8: 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. 9: Mine eye consumeth by reason of affliction. Upon thee, Jehovah, have I called every day; I have stretched out my hands unto thee. 10: Wilt thou do wonders to the dead? shall the shades arise and praise thee? Selah. 11: Shall thy loving-kindness be declared in the grave? thy faithfulness in Destruction? 12: Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? 13: But as for me, Jehovah, I cry unto thee, and in the morning my prayer cometh before thee. 14: Why, O Jehovah, castest thou off my soul? [why] hidest thou thy face from me? 15: I am afflicted and expiring from my youth up; I suffer thy terrors, [and] I am distracted. 16: Thy fierce anger hath gone over me; thy terrors have brought me to nought: 17: They have surrounded me all the day like water; they have compassed me about together. 18: Lover and associate hast thou put far from me: my familiar friends are darkness.