Good News Translation (GNB)
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Book Two

Psalms 42—72

The Prayer of Someone in ExilePs 42 Hebrew title: A poem by the clan of Korah.

421As a deer longs for a stream of cool water,

so I long for you, O God.

2I thirst for you, the living God;

when can I go and worship in your presence?

3Day and night I cry,

and tears are my only food;

all the time my enemies ask me,

“Where is your God?”

4My heart breaks when I remember the past,

when I went with the crowds to the house of God

and led them as they walked along,

a happy crowd, singing and shouting praise to God.

5Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.

6-7Here in exile my heart is breaking,

and so I turn my thoughts to him.

He has sent waves of sorrow over my soul;

chaos roars at me like a flood,

like waterfalls thundering down to the Jordan

from Mount Hermon and Mount Mizar.

8May the LORD show his constant love during the day,

so that I may have a song at night,

a prayer to the God of my life.

9To God, my defender, I say,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why must I go on suffering

from the cruelty of my enemies?”

10I am crushed by their insults,

as they keep on asking me,

“Where is your God?”

11Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.

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The Prayer of Someone in Exile

(Continuation of Ps 42)

431O God, declare me innocent,

and defend my cause against the ungodly;

deliver me from lying and evil people!

2You are my protector;

why have you abandoned me?

Why must I go on suffering

from the cruelty of my enemies?

3Send your light and your truth;

may they lead me

and bring me back to Zion, your sacred hill,43.3 sacred hill: See 2.6.

and to your Temple, where you live.

4Then I will go to your altar, O God;

you are the source of my happiness.

I will play my harp and sing praise to you,

O God, my God.

5Why am I so sad?

Why am I so troubled?

I will put my hope in God,

and once again I will praise him,

my saviour and my God.

44

A Prayer for ProtectionPs 44 Hebrew title: A poem by the clan of Korah.

441With our own ears we have heard it, O God —

our ancestors have told us about it,

about the great things you did in their time,

in the days of long ago:

2how you yourself drove out the heathen

and established your people in their land;

how you punished the other nations

and caused your own to prosper.

3Your people did not conquer the land with their swords;

they did not win it by their own power;

it was by your power and your strength,

by the assurance of your presence,

which showed that you loved them.

4You are my king and my God;

you give44.4 Some ancient translations and my God; you give; Hebrew O God; give. victory to your people,

5and by your power we defeat our enemies.

6I do not trust in my bow

or in my sword to save me;

7but you have saved us from our enemies

and defeated those who hate us.

8We will always praise you

and give thanks to you for ever.

9But now you have rejected us and let us be defeated;

you no longer march out with our armies.

10You made us run from our enemies,

and they took for themselves what was ours.

11You allowed us to be slaughtered like sheep;

you scattered us in foreign countries.

12You sold your own people for a small price

as though they had little value.44.12 asvalue; or and made no profit from the sale.

13Our neighbours see what you did to us,

and they mock us and laugh at us.

14You have made us an object of contempt among the nations;

they shake their heads at us in scorn.

15I am always in disgrace;

I am covered with shame

16from hearing the sneers and insults

of my enemies and those who hate me.

17All this has happened to us,

even though we have not forgotten you

or broken the covenant you made with us.

18We have not been disloyal to you;

we have not disobeyed your commands.

19Yet you left us helpless among wild animals;

you abandoned us in deepest darkness.

20If we had stopped worshipping our God

and prayed to a foreign god,

21you would surely have discovered it,

because you know our secret thoughts.

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44.22:
Rom 8.36
But it is on your account that we are being killed all the time,

that we are treated like sheep to be slaughtered.

23Wake up, Lord! Why are you asleep?

Rouse yourself! Don't reject us for ever!

24Why are you hiding from us?

Don't forget our suffering and trouble!

25We fall crushed to the ground;

we lie defeated in the dust.

26Come to our aid!

Because of your constant love save us!