Psalm 42:1-5 New International Version

Thirsting for God

42 1  [1][2][3]As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. 2  My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? 3  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, "Where is your God?" 4  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 One[4]with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng. 5  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.


[1] 42:1 In many Hebrew manuscripts Psalms 42 and 43 constitute one psalm.

[2] 42:1 In Hebrew texts 42:1-11 is numbered 42:2-12.

[3] 42:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

[4] 42:4 See Septuagint and Syriac; the meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.

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