1 A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil
1. Probably musical or liturgical terms
 of Heman the Ezrahite. O Lord, God of my salvation, I cry out day and night before you. (1Ki 4:31; 1Ch 2:6; Ps 22:2; Ps 24:5; Ps 42:1; Ps 53:1; Lu 18:7)2 Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! (Ps 31:2)3 For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol. (Ps 16:10; Ps 107:18)4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; I am a man who has no strength, (Ps 28:1)5 like 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. (Ps 31:12; Isa 53:8)6 You have put me in the depths of the pit, in the regions dark and deep. (Ps 63:9; Ps 69:15; Ps 88:12; Ps 88:18; Ps 143:3; La 3:6)7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me, and you overwhelm me with all your waves. (Ps 32:4; Ps 42:7)8 You have caused my companions to shun me; you have made me a horror
1. Or an abomination
 to them. I am shut in so that I cannot escape; (Job 19:13; Job 30:10; Ps 88:18; Ps 142:4; Jer 32:2)9 my eye grows dim through sorrow. Every day I call upon you, O Lord; I spread out my hands to you. (Job 11:13; Ps 6:7)10 Do you work wonders for the dead? Do the departed rise up to praise you? (Ps 6:5)11 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave, or your faithfulness in Abaddon?12 Are your wonders known in the darkness, or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness? (Job 10:21; Ps 88:6; Ps 89:5; Ec 9:5)13 But I, O Lord, cry to you; in the morning my prayer comes before you. (Ps 5:3; Ps 30:2)14 O Lord, why do you cast my soul away? Why do you hide your face from me? (Job 13:24; Ps 44:9)15 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up, I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
1. The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
16 Your wrath has swept over me; your dreadful assaults destroy me. (Job 6:4; Job 9:34)17 They surround me like a flood all day long; they close in on me together. (Ps 18:4; Ps 22:16; Ps 86:3; Ps 118:10)18 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions have become darkness.