Psalms 42

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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 salvation[b]
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 LORD 19commands 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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Cross References 24

  • 1. [Joel 1:20]
  • 2. Psalms 63:1; John 7:37; [Isaiah 41:17; Isaiah 55:1]; See Psalms 84:2
  • 3. Psalms 84:2; Joshua 3:10; Daniel 6:26
  • 4. Psalms 84:7; [Exodus 23:17]
  • 5. Psalms 80:5; Psalms 102:9
  • 6. ver. 10; Psalms 79:10; Psalms 115:2; Joel 2:17; Micah 7:10
  • 7. Psalms 62:8; 1 Samuel 1:15; Job 30:16; Lamentations 2:19
  • 8. [Isaiah 30:29]
  • 9. Psalms 55:14
  • 10. [2 Samuel 6:15]
  • 11. ver. 11; Psalms 43:5; [Matthew 26:38; John 12:27]
  • 12. Psalms 77:3
  • 13. Lamentations 3:24
  • 14. Jonah 2:7
  • 15. 2 Samuel 17:22, 24
  • 16. Deuteronomy 3:9
  • 17. Jonah 2:3
  • 18. Psalms 88:7; See Psalms 32:6
  • 19. Psalms 44:4; Psalms 68:28; Psalms 71:3; Psalms 133:3
  • 20. Job 35:10; [Psalms 4:4; Psalms 16:7; Psalms 63:6; Psalms 77:6; Psalms 119:55, 62, 148; Psalms 149:5]
  • 21. See Psalms 18:2; 2 Samuel 22:2
  • 22. Psalms 38:6; Psalms 43:2
  • 23. See ver. 3
  • 24. See ver. 5

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Revocalization yields and see the face of God
  • [b]. Hebrew the salvation of my face; also verse 11 and 43:5

Psalms 42 Commentaries

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