Psalms 42:1-6

BOOK II

Psalms 42–72

Psalm 42In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.

For the director of music. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer pants for streams of water,

so my soul pants for you, my God.

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When can I go and meet with God?

My tears have been my food

day and night,

while people say to me all day long,

“Where is your God?”

These things I remember

as I pour out my soul:

how I used to go to the house of God

under the protection of the Mighty One42:4 See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

with shouts of joy and praise

among the festive throng.

Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

My soul is downcast within me;

therefore I will remember you

from the land of the Jordan,

the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

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