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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 42—43

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Longing for God's Presence in the Temple

1For the leader. A maskilof the Korahites.*

I

2As the deer longs for streams of water, f 42-43, 2–3: Pss 63, 2; 84, 3; 143, 6; Is 26, 9 . so my soul longs for you, O God. 3My being thirsts for God, the living God. When can I go and see the face of God? g Ps 27, 4 . * 4My tears have been my food day and night, h Pss 80, 6; 102, 10 . as they ask daily, “Where is your God?” i Ps 79, 10; Jl 2, 17 . 5Those times I recall as I pour out my soul, j LAm 3, 20 . When I went in procession with the crowd, I went with them to the house of God, Amid loud cries of thanksgiving, with the multitude keeping festival. k Ps 122, 5 . 6Why are you downcast, my soul; why do you groan within me? Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, my savior and my God.

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7My soul is downcast within me; therefore I will remember you From the land of the Jordan* and Hermon, from the land of Mount Mizar. l Ps 43, 3 . 8Here deep calls to deep* in the roar of your torrents. All your waves and breakers sweep over me. m Pss 18, 5; 32, 6; 69, 2; 88, 8; Jon 2, 4 . 9At dawn may the LORD bestow faithful love that I may sing praise through the night, praise to the God of my life. 10I say to God, “My rock, why do you forget me? n Pss 18, 2; 31, 3–4 . Why must I go about mourningwith the enemy oppressing me?” 11It shatters my bones, when my adversaries reproach me. They say to me daily: “Where is your God?” 12Why are you downcast, my soul, why do you groan within me? Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, my savior and my God.

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1Grant me justice, God; defend me from a faithless people; from the deceitful and unjust rescue me. o Ps 119, 154 . 2You, God, are my strength. Why then do you spurn me? Why must I go about mourning, with the enemy oppressing me? 3Send your light and fidelity,* that they may be my guide p Pss 18, 29; 27, 1; 36, 10; Mi 7, 8 . And bring me to your holy mountain, to the place of your dwelling, q Ps 122, 1 . 4That I may come to the altar of God, to God, my joy, my delight. Then I will praise you with the harp, O God, my God. 5Why are you downcast, my soul? Why do you groan within me? Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, my savior and my God.

Notes:

f: 42-43, 2–3: Pss 63, 2; 84, 3; 143, 6; Is 26, 9 .

g: Ps 27, 4 .

h: Pss 80, 6; 102, 10 .

i: Ps 79, 10; Jl 2, 17 .

j: LAm 3, 20 .

k: Ps 122, 5 .

l: Ps 43, 3 .

m: Pss 18, 5; 32, 6; 69, 2; 88, 8; Jon 2, 4 .

n: Pss 18, 2; 31, 3–4 .

o: Ps 119, 154 .

p: Pss 18, 29; 27, 1; 36, 10; Mi 7, 8 .

q: Ps 122, 1 .

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