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Psalm 42


Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul?



 TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A MASKIL OF THE SONS OF KORAH. 


      1 As a deer pants for flowing streams, 

      so pants my soul for you, O God. 

      2 My soul thirsts for God, 

      for the living God. 

      When shall I come and appear before God? 

      3 My tears have been my food 

      day and night, 

      while they say to me all the day long, 

      “Where is your God?” 

      4 These things I remember, 

      as I pour out my soul: 

      how I would go with the throng 

      and lead them in procession to the house of God 

      with glad shouts and songs of praise, 

      a multitude keeping festival. 


      5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, 

      and why are you in turmoil within me? 

      Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, 

      my salvation 6 and my God. 


      My soul is cast down within me; 

      therefore I remember you 

      from the land of Jordan and of Hermon, 

      from Mount Mizar. 

      7 Deep calls to deep 

      at the roar of your waterfalls; 

      all your breakers and your waves 

      have gone over me. 

      8 By day the LORD commands his steadfast love, 

      and at night his song is with me, 

      a prayer to the God of my life. 

      9 I say to God, my rock: 

      “Why have you forgotten me? 

      Why do I go mourning 

      because of the oppression of the enemy?” 

      10 As with a deadly wound in my bones, 

      my adversaries taunt me, 

      while they say to me all the day long, 

      “Where is your God?” 


      11 Why are you cast down, O my soul, 

      and why are you in turmoil within me? 

      Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, 

      my salvation and my God.