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Psalm 42:1-5 Common English Bible (CEB)


(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.


  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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