Psalm 42:2
New International Version
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

New Living Translation
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I go and stand before him?

English Standard Version
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Berean Study Bible
My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence?

New American Standard Bible
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

King James Bible
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Christian Standard Bible
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?

Contemporary English Version
In my heart, I am thirsty for you, the living God. When will I see your face?

Good News Translation
I thirst for you, the living God. When can I go and worship in your presence?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?

International Standard Version
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When may I come and appear in God's presence?

NET Bible
I thirst for God, for the living God. I say, "When will I be able to go and appear in God's presence?"

New Heart English Bible
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul is thirsty for you, Living God! When shall I come and see your face, oh, God?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When may I come to see God's face?

JPS Tanakh 1917
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: 'When shall I come and appear before God?'

New American Standard 1977
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

Jubilee Bible 2000
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and appear before God?

King James 2000 Bible
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

American King James Version
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

American Standard Version
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: When shall I come and appear before God?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
My soul has thirsted for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Douay-Rheims Bible
My soul hath thirsted after the strong living God; when shall I come and appear before the face of God?

Darby Bible Translation
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

English Revised Version
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

World English Bible
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Young's Literal Translation
My soul thirsted for God, for the living God, When do I enter and see the face of God?
Study Bible
Blessed is He who Cares for the Poor
1For the choirmaster. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul longs after You, O God. 2My soul thirsts for God, the living God. When shall I come and appear in God’s presence? 3My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”…
Cross References
Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 26:63
But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to Him, "I charge You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God."

Romans 9:26
and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not My people,' they will be called 'sons of the living God.'"

1 Thessalonians 1:9
For they themselves report what kind of welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God

Revelation 22:4
They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.

Exodus 23:17
Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD.

Joshua 3:10
He continued, "This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that He will surely drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites, and Jebusites.

Psalm 43:4
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise You with the harp, O God, my God.

Psalm 63:1
O God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You; my body yearns for You in a dry and weary land without water.

Psalm 84:2
My soul longs, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Psalm 84:7
They go from strength to strength, until each appears before God in Zion.

Psalm 119:20
My soul is consumed with longing for Your judgments at all times.

Psalm 143:6
I stretch out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah

Isaiah 55:1
"Come, all of you who thirst, come to the waters; and you without money, come, buy, and eat! Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without cost!

Jeremiah 10:10
But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and eternal King. The earth quakes at His wrath, and the nations cannot endure His indignation."

Daniel 6:26
I hereby decree that in every part of my kingdom, men are to tremble in fear before the God of Daniel: For He is the living God, and He endures forever; His kingdom will never be destroyed, and His dominion will never end.

Zephaniah 3:18
"I will gather those among you who grieve over the appointed feasts, so that you will no longer suffer reproach.

Treasury of Scripture

My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

thirsteth

Psalm 36:8,9
They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures…

Psalm 63:1
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

John 7:37
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

living

Job 23:3
Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Jeremiah 2:13
For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Jeremiah 10:10
But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.

when

Psalm 27:4
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Psalm 84:4,10
Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah…







Lexicon
My soul
נַפְשִׁ֨י ׀ (nap̄·šî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5315: A soul, living being, life, self, person, desire, passion, appetite, emotion

thirsts
צָמְאָ֬ה (ṣā·mə·’āh)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6770: To be thirsty

for God,
לֵאלֹהִים֮ (lê·lō·hîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

the living
חָ֥י (ḥāy)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2416: Alive, raw, fresh, strong, life

God.
לְאֵ֪ל (lə·’êl)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 410: Strength -- as adjective, mighty, the Almighty

When
מָתַ֥י (mā·ṯay)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4970: Extent, when

shall I come
אָב֑וֹא (’ā·ḇō·w)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go

and appear
וְ֝אֵרָאֶ֗ה (wə·’ê·rā·’eh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Nifal - Conjunctive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

in
פְּנֵ֣י (pə·nê)
Noun - common plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 6440: The face

God’s presence?
אֱלֹהִֽים׃ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(2) Thirsteth.--The metaphor occurs exactly in the same form (Psalm 63:1), and only calls for notice since "God" Himself is here made the subject of the thirst, instead of righteousness, or knowledge, or power, as in the familiar and frequent use of the metaphor in other parts of the Bible, and in other literature.

The living God.--Evidently, from the metaphor, regarded as the fountain or source of life. (Comp. Psalm 84:2; Psalm 36:9.)

Appear before God.--Exodus 23:17 shows that this was the usual phrase for frequenting the sanctuary (comp. Psalm 84:7), though poetic brevity here slightly altered its form and construction.

Verse 2. - My soul thirsteth for God (comp. Psalm 63:1; Psalm 143:6; Isaiah 55:1). The devout soul is always athirst for God. David felt his severance from the tabernacle and its services as a sort of severance from God himself, whom he was accustomed to approach through the services of the sanctuary (see 2 Samuel 15:25, 26). For the living God. This title of God occurs only in one other psalm (Psalm 84:2); but it was a title familiar to David (1 Samuel 17:27). It is first used in Deuteronomy 5:26; and, later, in Joshua 3:10; 2 Kings 19:4, 16; Isaiah 37:4, 17; Jeremiah 10:10; Jeremiah 23:36; Daniel 6:26; Hosea 1:10. It expresses that essential attribute of God that he is "the eternal Life" (1 John 5:20), the Source and Origin of all life, whether angelic, human, or animal. When shall I come and appear before God? Appearance in the tabernacle must here be specially meant, but with this David connects his return to God's favour and to the light of his countenance (2 Samuel 15:25). 42:1-5 The psalmist looked to the Lord as his chief good, and set his heart upon him accordingly; casting anchor thus at first, he rides out the storm. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himself there. Living souls never can take up their rest any where short of a living God. To appear before the Lord is the desire of the upright, as it is the dread of the hypocrite. Nothing is more grievous to a gracious soul, than what is intended to shake its confidence in the Lord. It was not the remembrance of the pleasures of his court that afflicted David; but the remembrance of the free access he formerly had to God's house, and his pleasure in attending there. Those that commune much with their own hearts, will often have to chide them. See the cure of sorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catches hold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept above the billows. And what is our support under present woes but this, that we shall have comfort in Him. We have great cause to mourn for sin; but being cast down springs from unbelief and a rebellious will; we should therefore strive and pray against it.
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