Bible: Psalms 42-43

Book 2
(Psalms 42-72)

Psalm 42 1 

42:1 For the music director; a well-written song 2  by the Korahites.

As a deer 3  longs 4  for streams of water,

so I long 5  for you, O God!

42:2 I thirst 6  for God,

for the living God.

I say, 7  “When will I be able to go and appear in God’s presence? 8 

42:3 I cannot eat, I weep day and night; 9 

all day long they say to me, 10 Where is your God?

42:4 I will remember and weep! 11 

For I was once walking along with the great throng to the temple of God,

shouting and giving thanks along with the crowd as we celebrated the holy festival. 12 

42:5 Why are you depressed, 13  O my soul? 14 

Why are you upset? 15 

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention. 16 

42:6 I am depressed, 17 

so I will pray to you while I am trapped here in the region of the upper Jordan, 18 

from Hermon, 19  from Mount Mizar. 20 

42:7 One deep stream calls out to another 21  at the sound of your waterfalls; 22 

all your billows and waves overwhelm me. 23 

42:8 By day the Lord decrees his loyal love, 24 

and by night he gives me a song, 25 

a prayer 26  to the living God.

42:9 I will pray 27  to God, my high ridge: 28 

“Why do you ignore 29  me?

Why must I walk around mourning 30 

because my enemies oppress me?

42:10 My enemiestaunts cut into me to the bone, 31 

as they say to me all day long, “Where is your God? 32 

42:11 Why are you depressed, 33  O my soul? 34 

Why are you upset? 35 

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention. 36 

Psalm 43 37 

43:1 Vindicate me, O God!

Fight for me 38  against an ungodly nation!

Deliver me 39  from deceitful and evil men! 40 

43:2 For you are the God who shelters me. 41 

Why do you reject me? 42 

Why must I walk around 43  mourning 44 

because my enemies oppress me?

43:3 Reveal 45  your light 46  and your faithfulness!

They will lead me, 47 

they will escort 48  me back to your holy hill, 49 

and to the place where you live. 50 

43:4 Then I will go 51  to the altar of God,

to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, 52 

so that I express my thanks to you, 53  O God, my God, with a harp.

43:5 Why are you depressed, 54  O my soul? 55 

Why are you upset? 56 

Wait for God!

For I will again give thanks

to my God for his saving intervention. 57 

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