Psalm 42 (New American Standard)

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BOOK 2

Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

1 As the deer a pants for the water brooks, So my soul b1pants for You, O God. 2 My soul 2thirsts for God, for the 3living God; When shall I come and c4appear before God? 3 My 5tears have been my food day and night, While they 6say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 4 These things I remember and I 7pour out my soul within me. For I 8used to go along with the throng and dlead them in procession to the house of God, With the voice of 9joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival. 5 10Why are you e11in despair, O my soul? And why have you become 12disturbed within me? f13Hope in God, for I shall gagain praise hHim For the i14help of His presence. 6 O my God, my soul is jin despair within me; Therefore I 15remember You from 16the land of the Jordan And the kpeaks of 17Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your 18breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. 8 The LORD will 19command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me 20in the night, A prayer to 21the God of my life. 9 I will say to God 22my rock, "Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go 23mourning lbecause of the 24oppression of the enemy?" 10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, While they 25say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 11 26Why are you min despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? nHope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The ohelp of my countenance and my God.
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