1: Yahweh, the God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before you.
2: Let my prayer enter into your presence. Turn your ear to my cry.
3: For my soul is full of troubles. My life draws near to Sheol.
4: I am counted among those who go down into the pit. I am like a man who has no help,
5: set apart among the dead, like the slain who lie in the grave, whom you remember no more. They are cut off from your hand.
6: You have laid me in the lowest pit, in the darkest depths.
7: Your wrath lies heavily on me. You have afflicted me with all your waves. Selah.
8: You have taken my friends from me. You have made me an abomination to them. I am confined, and I can't escape.
9: My eyes are dim from grief. I have called on you daily, Yahweh. I have spread out my hands to you.
10: Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah.
11: Is your loving kindness declared in the grave? Or your faithfulness in Destruction?
12: Are your wonders made known in the dark? Or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
13: But to you, Yahweh, I have cried. In the morning, my prayer comes before you.
14: Yahweh, why do you reject my soul? Why do you hide your face from me?
15: I am afflicted and ready to die from my youth up. While I suffer your terrors, I am distracted.
16: Your fierce wrath has gone over me. Your terrors have cut me off.
17: They came around me like water all day long. They completely engulfed me.
18: You have put lover and friend far from me, and my friends into darkness. Psalm 89 A contemplation by Ethan, the Ezrahite.