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. 2 ·I [T My soul] thirst for the living God. When can I go to ·meet with [L see] ·him [L the face of God]? 3 Day and night, my tears have been my food. People are always saying, “Where is your God?” 4 When I remember these things, I ·speak with a broken heart [L pour out my soul]. I used to walk with the ·crowd [throng] and lead them to ·God’s Temple [L the house of God] with ·songs of praise [L the sound of praise and thanks, a crowd in procession].
5 Why ·am I so sad [L are you cast down, my soul]? Why ·am I so upset [L are you groaning/in an uproar]? I ·should [or will] ·put my hope in [wait for] God and ·keep praising [or will again praise] him, my ·Savior [Victor] and 6 my God.
·I am very sad [My soul is cast down]. So I remember you ·where the Jordan River begins [L from the land of Jordan], ·near the peaks of [L and from] Hermon and Mount Mizar [C far from the Temple where God made his presence known]. 7 ·Troubles have come again and again [L Deep calls to deep], ·sounding like waterfalls [L at the sound of your torrents; C waters represent distress; 69:1–2]. Your waves and your breakers ·are crashing all around [L pass over] me. 8 The Lord ·shows [commands] his ·true love [loyalty; covenant love] every day. At night I have a song, and I pray to my living God. 9 I say to God, my Rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why am I ·sad [L going around in mourning] and ·troubled [oppressed] by my enemies?” 10 My enemies’ ·insults [scorn] make me feel as if my bones were ·broken [L murdered]. They are always saying, “Where is your God?”
11 Why ·am I so sad [L are you cast down, my soul]? Why ·am I so upset [are you groaning/in an uproar]? I ·should [or will] ·put my hope in [wait for] God and ·keep praising [or will again praise] him, my ·Savior [Victor] and my God.
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