Psalms 42:1-7

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?
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 One[d]with 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.
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

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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 42:1-7 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 42:1-7 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.
7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
8 By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life.
9 I say to God my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?”
10 My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 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.

Cross References 24

  • 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
  • 7. S Job 3:24; Psalms 80:5
  • 8. ver 10; Psalms 79:10; Psalms 115:2; Joel 2:17; Micah 7:10
  • 9. S 1 Samuel 1:15
  • 10. Psalms 55:14; Psalms 122:1; Isaiah 2:2; Isaiah 30:29
  • 11. S Ezra 3:13
  • 12. S Joshua 6:5; Psalms 95:2; Psalms 100:4; Psalms 147:7; John 2:9
  • 13. Psalms 35:18; Psalms 109:30
  • 14. Psalms 38:6; Psalms 77:3; Lamentations 3:20; Matthew 26:38
  • 15. S Job 20:2
  • 16. S Psalms 25:5; S Psalms 71:14; Lamentations 3:24
  • 17. Psalms 9:1
  • 18. Psalms 18:46; Psalms 44:3
  • 19. ver 11; Psalms 43:5
  • 20. Psalms 63:6; Psalms 77:11
  • 21. Genesis 13:10; S Numbers 13:29
  • 22. S Deuteronomy 3:8; S Deuteronomy 4:48
  • 23. S Genesis 1:2; S Genesis 7:11
  • 24. Psalms 69:2; Psalms 88:7; John 2:3

Footnotes 4

  • [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
  • [d]. See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
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