Psalm 42:1

42 As the hart panteth for the water brooks, so panteth my soul for Thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

For the Chief Musician. Maschil of the sons of Korah.

42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, So panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book Two

Psalm 42

To the Chief Musician. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of the sons of Korah.

As the hart pants and longs for the water brooks, so I pant and long for You, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

For the music leader. A maskil of the Korahites.

42 Just like a deer that craves streams of water,
    my whole being craves you, God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book II: Psalms 42–72

42 (0) For the leader. A maskil of the descendants of Korach:

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

(Psalms 42-72)

(A special psalm for the people of Korah and for the music leader.)

Longing for God

42 As a deer gets thirsty
    for streams of water,
    I truly am thirsty
    for you, my God.

Psalm 42:1X

To the chief Musician. An instruction; of the sons of Korah.

42 As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 A psalm for David. Judge me, O God, and distinguish my cause from the nation that is not holy: deliver me from the unjust and deceitful man.

Psalm 42:1X

Book 2

(Psalms 42-72)

To the director: A maskil from the Korah family.

42 Like a deer drinking from a stream,
    I reach out to you, my God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book Two

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

42 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book Two

Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

42 As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book 2: Psalms 42–72

Wishing to Be Near God

For the director of music. A ·maskil [skillful psalm; meditation] of the sons of Korah [C descendants of Kohath, son of Levi, who served as Temple musicians; 1 Chr. 6:22].

42 As a deer ·thirsts [longs; T pants] for streams of water,
    so ·I [T my soul] ·thirst [L longs] for you, God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 1 The Prophet grievously complaineth, that being letted by his persecutors, he could not be present in the congregation of God’s people, protesting that although he was separated in body from them, yet his heart was thitherward affectioned. 7 And least of all he showed that he was not so far overcome with these sorrows and thoughts, 8 but that he continually put his confidence in the Lord.

To him that excelleth. A Psalm to give instruction, committed to the sons of Korah.

As the Hart brayeth for the rivers of water, so panted my soul after thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK TWO

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

For the choir director; a maskil by Korah’s descendants.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK TWO

The Prayer of Someone in Exile

42 As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,
    so I long for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II
(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

As a deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for You, God.

Psalm 42:1X

To the Overcomer: Maschil, for the sons of Korah.

42 ¶ As the hart pants after the water brooks, so does my soul pant after thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Psalm 42

To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Hope in God in the Midst of Despair

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

42 As a deer longs for streams of water,
so my soul longs for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

A psalm of the sons of Korah

42 1-3 A white-tailed deer drinks
    from the creek;
I want to drink God,
    deep draughts of God.
I’m thirsty for God-alive.
I wonder, “Will I ever make it—
    arrive and drink in God’s presence?”
I’m on a diet of tears—
    tears for breakfast, tears for supper.
All day long
    people knock at my door,
Pestering,
    “Where is this God of yours?”

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK TWO

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

For the choir director; a maskil by Korah’s descendants.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O Elohim.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK 2

Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.

42 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Wishing to Be Near God

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

42 As a deer thirsts for streams of water,
    so I thirst for you, God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book 2 (Psalms 42-72)

Psalm 42

For the music director; a well-written song by the Korahites.

As a deer longs for streams of water,
so I long for you, O God!

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42

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

A deer longs for streams of water.
    God, I long for you in the same way.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42

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

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book II

Psalms 42 – 72

Psalm 42

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

As the deer pants for streams of water,
    so my soul pants for you, my God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK TWO: Psalms 42—72

Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation of the sons of Korah.

42 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 As the deer desires rivers of water, so my soul desires You, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book Two (Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

As the deer longs for streams of water,
    so I long for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the leader. A Maskil of the Korahites.

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
    so my soul longs for you, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 (For the one directing, Maskil, for the Bnei Korah). As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my nefesh after Thee, O Elohim.

Tehillim 42:1X

BOOK II

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

42 As a hart longs
    for flowing streams,
so longs my soul
    for thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

Longing for God and His Help in Distress

To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.

42 As a hart longs
    for flowing streams,
so longs my soul
    for thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X

Book Two

This second book of psalms (Psalms 42–72) has a few unique features. First, it is the only book of the five that contains psalms ascribed to the sons of Korah, a group of Levite temple singers. Second, it uses two rather obscure Hebrew terms in the superscriptions of almost half of these psalms. Maskil, which may be related to contemplation, is translated “contemplative poem” or “song” (42; 44–45; 52–55) and miktam, whose meaning is unclear, is translated “a prayer” (56–60). Third, in referring to God this second book shows a preference for the word “God” over the name “the Eternal One” that appears as “YHWH” in the Hebrew Scriptures.

Throughout the Bible, the creator and covenant God is referred to in many ways. Generally speaking, the names and titles used indicate something of His character and nature. The title “God” implies His unique majesty and power; no one is like Him. The name, translated “The Eternal One” and also “The Eternal,” is God’s covenant name revealed uniquely to Israel. As the translation suggests, the divine name implies that the one True God transcends time and yet He is “with” His people.

Psalm 42

For the worship leader. A contemplative song of the sons of Korah.

My soul is dry and thirsts for You, True God,
    as a deer thirsts for water.

Psalm 42:1X

BOOK II

For the Chief Musician. A contemplation by the sons of Korah.

42 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
    so my soul pants after you, God.

Psalm 42:1X

42 To victory, to the sons of Korah. As an hart desireth to the wells of waters; so thou, God, my soul desireth to thee. (To victory, for the sons of Korah, for their teaching. Like a hart desireth a well of water; so, O God, my soul desireth thee.)

Psalm 42:1X

42 To the Overseer. -- An Instruction. By sons of Korah. As a hart doth pant for streams of water, So my soul panteth toward Thee, O God.

Psalm 42:1X
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