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Psalm 42:1 - As the deer pants for streams of water...

NIV As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
KJV As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
NASBAs the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.

Psalm 42:1


This poet felt that God was remote and distant. He expressed his deep longing for God as being comparable to the intense thirst of a deer for water during a time of severe drought. The poet longed to enjoy once more the assurance of God's presence with him. All who belong to God experience times when God seems absent, and they long for the reassurance of His presence. Psalms 42; 43 provide guidance in such times.

Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible . (Ps 42:1). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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