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Psalm 42 Expanded Bible (EXB)

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.
·I [T My soul] thirst for the living God.
    When can I go to ·meet with [L see] ·him [L the face of God]?
Day and night, my tears have been my food.
People are always saying,
    “Where is your God?”
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].

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 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].
·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.
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.
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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