“You have caused my companions to shun me.
You have made me a thing of horror to them.
I am shut in
So that I cannot escape.
My eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you!
I spread out my hands to you.
Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the shades rise up to praise you?”
Much like Job, this psalmist said that Yahweh had caused his companions to shun him as a horrible person. He was shut in so that he could not escape. His eyes were growing dim with sorrow. Nevertheless, every day he called out to Yahweh. He spread out his hands to pray. He wondered if God would work wonders for the dead and those who live in shadows. This section again ends with the musical interlude meditative pause of Selah.