New King James Version
Yearning for God in the Midst of Distresses
To the Chief Musician. A [a]Contemplation of the sons of Korah.
42 As the deer [b]pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
2 (A)My soul thirsts for God, for the (B)living God.
When shall I come and [c]appear before God?
3 (C)My tears have been my food day and night,
While they continually say to me,
(D)“Where is your God?”
4 When I remember these things,
(E)I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go with the multitude;
(F)I went with them to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and praise,
With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
6 [f]O my God, my soul is cast down within me;
Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
And from the heights of Hermon,
From [g]the Hill Mizar.
7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
(I)All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
8 The Lord will (J)command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And (K)in the night His song shall be with me—
A prayer to the God of my life.
9 I will say to God my Rock,
(L)“Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As with a [h]breaking of my bones,
My enemies [i]reproach me,
(M)While they say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
Prayer to God in Time of Trouble
43 Vindicate (O)me, O God,
And (P)plead my cause against an ungodly nation;
Oh, deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man!
2 For You are the God of my strength;
Why do You cast me off?
(Q)Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 (R)Oh, send out Your light and Your truth!
Let them lead me;
Let them bring me to (S)Your holy hill
And to Your [k]tabernacle.
4 Then I will go to the altar of God,
To God my exceeding joy;
And on the harp I will praise You,
O God, my God.
Redemption Remembered in Present Dishonor
44 We have heard with our ears, O God,
(V)Our fathers have told us,
The deeds You did in their days,
In days of old:
2 (W)You drove out the [n]nations with Your hand,
But them You planted;
You afflicted the peoples, and cast them out.
3 For (X)they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword,
Nor did their own arm save them;
But it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance,
(Y)Because You favored them.
4 (Z)You are my King, [o]O God;
[p]Command victories for Jacob.
5 Through You (AA)we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
6 For (AB)I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.
7 But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.
8 (AC)In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. Selah
9 But (AD)You have cast us off and put us to shame,
And You do not go out with our armies.
10 You make us (AE)turn back from the enemy,
And those who hate us have taken [q]spoil for themselves.
11 (AF)You have given us up like sheep intended for food,
And have (AG)scattered us among the nations.
12 (AH)You sell Your people for next to nothing,
And are not enriched by selling them.
13 (AI)You make us a reproach to our neighbors,
A scorn and a derision to those all around us.
14 (AJ)You make us a byword among the nations,
(AK)A shaking of the head among the peoples.
15 My dishonor is continually before me,
And the shame of my face has covered me,
16 Because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles,
(AL)Because of the enemy and the avenger.
17 (AM)All this has come upon us;
But we have not forgotten You,
Nor have we dealt falsely with Your covenant.
18 Our heart has not turned back,
(AN)Nor have our steps departed from Your way;
19 But You have severely broken us in (AO)the place of jackals,
And covered us (AP)with the shadow of death.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our God,
Or (AQ)stretched[r] out our hands to a foreign god,
21 (AR)Would not God search this out?
For He knows the secrets of the heart.
22 (AS)Yet for Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
23 (AT)Awake! Why do You sleep, O Lord?
Arise! Do not cast us off forever.
24 (AU)Why do You hide Your face,
And forget our affliction and our oppression?
25 For (AV)our soul is bowed down to the [s]dust;
Our body clings to the ground.
26 Arise for our help,
And redeem us for Your mercies’ sake.
- Psalm 42:1 Heb. Maschil
- Psalm 42:1 Lit. longs for
- Psalm 42:2 So with MT, Vg.; some Heb. mss., LXX, Syr., Tg. I see the face of God
- Psalm 42:5 Lit. bowed down
- Psalm 42:5 So with MT, Tg.; a few Heb. mss., LXX, Syr., Vg. The help of my countenance, my God
- Psalm 42:6 So with MT, Tg.; a few Heb. mss., LXX, Syr., Vg. put my God at the end of v. 5
- Psalm 42:6 Or Mount
- Psalm 42:10 Lit. shattering
- Psalm 42:10 revile
- Psalm 42:11 Lit. salvation
- Psalm 43:3 dwelling places
- Psalm 43:5 Lit. salvation
- Psalm 44:1 Heb. Maschil
- Psalm 44:2 Gentiles, heathen
- Psalm 44:4 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Vg. and my God
- Psalm 44:4 So with MT, Tg.; LXX, Syr., Vg. Who commands
- Psalm 44:10 plunder
- Psalm 44:20 Worshiped
- Psalm 44:25 Ground, in humiliation