Psalm 43:2
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New International Version
You are God my stronghold. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?

New Living Translation
For you are God, my only safe haven. Why have you tossed me aside? Why must I wander around in grief, oppressed by my enemies?

English Standard Version
For you are the God in whom I take refuge; why have you rejected me? Why do I go about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

New American Standard Bible
For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

King James Bible
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For You are the God of my refuge. Why have You rejected me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy's oppression?

International Standard Version
Since you are the God who strengthens me, why have you forsaken me? Why do I go around mourning under the enemy's oppression?"

NET Bible
For you are the God who shelters me. Why do you reject me? Why must I walk around mourning because my enemies oppress me?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because you are the God of my power and why have you forgotten me, and why do I walk sadly in distress of my enemies?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You are my fortress, O God! Why have you rejected me? Why must I walk around in mourning while the enemy oppresses me?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thou art the God of my strength; why dost thou cast me off? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

King James 2000 Bible
For you are the God of my strength: why do you cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

American King James Version
For you are the God of my strength: why do you cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

American Standard Version
For thou art the God of my strength; why hast thou cast me off? Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou art God my strength : why hast thou cast me off? and why do I go sorrowful whilst the enemy afflicteth me?

Darby Bible Translation
For thou art the God of my strength: why hast thou cast me off? why go I about mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

English Revised Version
For thou art the God of my strength; why hast thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

World English Bible
For you are the God of my strength. Why have you rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

Young's Literal Translation
For thou art the God of my strength. Why hast Thou cast me off? Why mourning do I go up and down, In the oppression of an enemy?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

43:6-11 The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - For thou art the God of my strength; i.e. the God in whom is all my strength (Psalm 28:7). Why dost thou cast me off? An equivalent to the "Why hast thou forgotten me?" of Psalm 42:9. Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Repeated, with the variation of a single word, from Psalm 42:9.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou art the God of my strength,.... Who being the strong and mighty God was able to deliver and save him, as well as to plead his cause; and was the author and giver of strength, natural and spiritual, to him; and was the strength of his heart, life and salvation; and is a good reason why he committed his cause unto him;

why doest thou cast me off? this is the language of unbelief: it being what was not in reality, only in appearance: the psalmist was ready to conclude he was cast off and rejected of God, because he was afflicted and left in a desolate condition by him, and he did not immediately arise to his help and deliverance, and had withdrawn the light of his countenance from him; but God does not cast off or reject any of his people; they always continue in his love, and in his covenant, and in the hands of his Son; they are always in his sight and family, and shall never perish eternally; and whoever casts them off, or casts them out, he will not;

why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? See Gill on Psalm 42:9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. God of my strength—by covenant relation my stronghold (Ps 18:1).

cast me off—in scorn.

because—or, "in," that is, in such circumstances of oppression.

Psalm 43:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Send Out Your Light
1Vindicate me, O God, and plead my case against an ungodly nation; O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man! 2For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? 3O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.…
Cross References
Job 30:28
I go about blackened, but not by the sun; I stand up in the assembly and cry for help.

Psalm 18:1
For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 28:7
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.

Psalm 31:4
Keep me free from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.

Psalm 38:6
I am bowed down and brought very low; all day long I go about mourning.

Psalm 42:9
I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?"

Psalm 44:9
But now you have rejected and humbled us; you no longer go out with our armies.

Psalm 88:14
Why, LORD, do you reject me and hide your face from me?
Treasury of Scripture

For you are the God of my strength: why do you cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

the God

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and …

Psalm 140:7 O GOD the Lord, the strength of my salvation, you have covered my …

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: …

Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and …

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

why dost

Psalm 71:9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength fails.

Psalm 77:7 Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favorable no more?

Psalm 94:14 For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake …

1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

why go

Psalm 42:9 I will say to God my rock, Why have you forgotten me? why go I mourning …

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