|Ps 42:1 As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks,
So my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God.
|Ps 42:2 My soul (my life, my inner self) thirsts for God, for the living God.
When will I come and see the face of God? [Ps 63:1, 2; John 7:37; 1 Thess 1:9, 10]
|Ps 42:3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"
|Ps 42:4 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.
|Ps 42:5 ¶ 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.
|Ps 42:6 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.
|Ps 42:7 Deep calls to deep at the [thundering] sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
|Ps 42:8 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.
|Ps 42:9 ¶ I will say to God my rock, "Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?"
|Ps 42:10 As a crushing of my bones [with a sword], my adversaries taunt me,
While they say continually to me, "Where is your God?"
|Ps 42:11 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 help of my countenance and my God.