Psalms 42:1-2

BOOK II

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Psalms 42–72

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For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

1 [a][b][c]As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalms 42:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
ESV
1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.
NLT
1 As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.
MSG
1 A white-tailed deer drinks from the creek; I want to drink God, deep draughts of God.
CSB
1 As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God.

Psalms 42:1-2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 42:1-2 In-Context

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty Onewith shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
6 My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

Cross References 6

  • 1. S Psalms 18:33
  • 2. S Deuteronomy 10:7
  • 3. S Job 19:27; Psalms 119:131; Joel 1:20
  • 4. Psalms 63:1; Psalms 143:6
  • 5. S Joshua 3:10; S 1 Samuel 14:39; S Matthew 16:16; Romans 9:26; Jeremiah 10:10
  • 6. Psalms 43:4; Psalms 84:7

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.
  • [b]. In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.
  • [c]. Title: Probably a literary or musical term
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