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Psalm 42

Book Two

Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile.

To the Chief Musician. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of the sons of Korah.

1As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks,
So my [a]soul pants [longingly] for You, O God.

My soul (my life, my inner self) thirsts for God, for the living God.
When will I come and see the face of God?

My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”

These things I [vividly] remember as I pour out my soul;
How I used to go along before the great crowd of people and lead them in procession to the house of God [like a choirmaster before his singers, timing the steps to the music and the chant of the song],
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a great crowd keeping a festival.


Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.

O my God, my soul is in despair within me [the burden more than I can bear];
Therefore I will [fervently] remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the peaks of [Mount] Hermon, from Mount Mizar.

Deep calls to deep at the [thundering] sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.

Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
And in the night His song will be with me,
A prayer to the God of my life.


I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 
As a crushing of my bones [with a sword], my adversaries taunt me,
While they say continually to me, “Where is your God?”
11 
Why are you in despair, O my soul?
Why have you become restless and disquieted within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him,
The [b]help of my countenance and my God.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 42:1 The Hebrew word translated “soul” in this psalm and elsewhere in the book of Psalms is nephesh. This word usually refers to a person’s “life” or “self,” but can also mean “throat,” as perhaps in vv 1, 2.
  2. Psalm 42:11 Or saving acts of.

Nueva Versión Internacional

Salmos 42

LIBRO II

Al director musical. Masquil de los hijos de Coré.

1Cual ciervo jadeante en busca del agua,
    así te busca, oh Dios, todo mi ser.
Tengo sed de Dios, del Dios de la vida.
    ¿Cuándo podré presentarme ante Dios?
Mis lágrimas son mi pan de día y de noche,
    mientras me echan en cara a todas horas:
    «¿Dónde está tu Dios?»

Recuerdo esto y me deshago en llanto:
    yo solía ir con la multitud,
    y la conducía a la casa de Dios.
Entre voces de alegría y acciones de gracias
    hacíamos gran celebración.

¿Por qué voy a inquietarme?
    ¿Por qué me voy a angustiar?
En Dios pondré mi esperanza
    y todavía lo alabaré.
    ¡Él es mi Salvador y mi Dios!

Me siento sumamente angustiado;
    por eso, mi Dios, pienso en ti
desde la tierra del Jordán,
    desde las alturas del Hermón,
    desde el monte Mizar.
Un abismo llama a otro abismo
    en el rugir de tus cascadas;
todas tus ondas y tus olas
    se han precipitado sobre mí.

Esta es la oración al Dios de mi vida:
    que de día el Señor mande su amor,
    y de noche su canto me acompañe.
Y le digo a Dios, a mi Roca:
    «¿Por qué me has olvidado?
¿Por qué debo andar de luto
    y oprimido por el enemigo?»
10 Mortal agonía me penetra hasta los huesos
    ante la burla de mis adversarios,
mientras me echan en cara a todas horas:
    «¿Dónde está tu Dios?»

11 ¿Por qué voy a inquietarme?
    ¿Por qué me voy a angustiar?
En Dios pondré mi esperanza,
    y todavía lo alabaré.
    ¡Él es mi Salvador y mi Dios!