Psalms 42

Book 2
(Psalms 42-72)

Psalm 421

For the music director; a well-written song2 by the Korahites.

42:1 As a deer3 longs4 for streams of water,

so I long5 for you, O God!

42:2 I thirst6 for God,

for the living God.

I say,7 “When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence?”8

42:3 I cannot eat, I weep day and night;9

all day long they say to me,10 “Where is your God?”

42:4 I will remember and weep!11

For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God,

shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival.12

42:5 Why are you depressed,13 O my soul?14

Why are you upset?15

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention.16

42:6 I am depressed,17

so I will pray to you while I am trapped here in the region of the upper Jordan,18

from Hermon,19 from Mount Mizar.20

42:7 One deep stream calls out to another21 at the sound of your waterfalls;22

all your billows and waves overwhelm me.23

42:8 By day the Lord decrees his loyal love,24

and by night he gives me a song,25

a prayer26 to the living God.

42:9 I will pray27 to God, my high ridge:28

“Why do you ignore29 me?

Why must I walk around mourning30

because my enemies oppress me?”

42:10 My enemies’ taunts cut into me to the bone,31

as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”32

42:11 Why are you depressed,33 O my soul?34

Why are you upset?35

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention.36

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