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Psalm 42Common English Bible (CEB)

BOOK II

(Psalms 42–72)

Psalm 42[a]

For the music leader. A maskil[b] of the Korahites.

42 Just like a deer that craves streams of water,
    my whole being[c] craves you, God.
My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God.
    When will I come and see God’s face?[d]
My tears have been my food both day and night,
    as people constantly questioned me,
    “Where’s your God now?”

But I remember these things as I bare my soul:
    how I made my way to the mighty one’s abode,[e]
    to God’s own house,
        with joyous shouts and thanksgiving songs—
        a huge crowd celebrating the festival!
Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?
    Why are you so upset inside?
Hope in God!
    Because I will again give him thanks,
        my saving presence and my God.

My whole being is depressed.
    That’s why I remember you
    from the land of Jordan and Hermon,
        from Mount Mizar.
Deep called to deep at the noise of your waterfalls;
    all your massive waves surged over me.
By day the Lord commands his faithful love;
    by night his song is with me—
    a prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God, my solid rock,
    “Why have you forgotten me?
        Why do I have to walk around,
        sad, oppressed by enemies?”
10 With my bones crushed, my foes make fun of me,
    constantly questioning me: “Where’s your God now?”

11 Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?
    Why are you so upset inside?
        Hope in God!
        Because I will again give him thanks,
        my saving presence and my God.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 42:1 Pss 42–43 form one single poem; cf the note at Pss 9–10.
  2. Psalm 42:1 Perhaps instruction
  3. Psalm 42:1 Or soul; also in 42:2, 4, 5, 6, 11; 43:5
  4. Psalm 42:2 Syr, Tg; MT and appear before God?
  5. Psalm 42:4 Heb uncertain
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