Psalm 42 (English Standard Version)

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Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

1 1As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. 2 2My soul thirsts for God, for 3the living God. When shall I come and 4appear before God?a 3 5My tears have been my food day and night, 6while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?" 4 These things I remember, as I 7pour out my soul: 8how I would go 9with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, 10a multitude keeping festival. 5 11Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you 12in turmoil within me? 13Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvationb 6 and my God.My soul is cast down within me; therefore I 14remember you 15from the land of Jordan and of 16Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; 17all your breakers and your 18waves have gone over me. 8 By day the LORD19commands his steadfast love, and at 20night his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I say to God, 21my rock: "Why have you forgotten me? 22Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?" 10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, my adversaries taunt me, 23while they say to me all the day long, "Where is your God?" 11 24Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.
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