Psalms 42:5

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Why art thou cast downe, O my soule, and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him for the helpe of his countenance.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And {why} have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him {For} the help of His presence.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And `why' art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him `For' the help of his countenance.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Why are you crushed down, O my soul? and why are you troubled in me? put your hope in God; for I will again give him praise who is my help and my God.
- Basic English Bible

Why art thou cast down, my soul, and art disquieted in me? hope in God; for I shall yet praise him, [for] the health of his countenance.
- Darby Bible

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
- Webster's Bible

Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.
- World English Bible

What! bowest thou thyself, O my soul? Yea, art thou troubled within me? Wait for God, for still I confess Him: The salvation of my countenance -- My God!
- Youngs Literal Bible

(42:6) Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why moanest thou within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise Him for the salvation of His countenance.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 42:5


42:5 For - Heb. for the salvations of his face, for those supports, deliverances and comforts which I doubt not I shall enjoy both in his presence and sanctuary, and from his presence, and the light of his countenance.


Discussion for Psalms 42

  • Seven Trumpets
    Patricia Balla; the Lord knows the way that you take, as do all your true brothers and sisters in Christ. I'm very sorry about your son; and I hate that anyone said those things to you, to hurt you. I will never understand how so many people can go in the way of Cain, with all their hatred and hostility toward Jesus, and no fear of God to inflict pain and hurt upon the broken in heart.
  • Seven Trumpets
    God called David from following sheep, to be the shepherd of His people Israel; which was the very thing that the haters of the LORD could not stand. This "Instruction for the Door-keepers" of the LORD's house, teaches about the sorrows we must bear up under, before we come and appear before God. Sadness over when people want to hurt us and mock us is not a mark of God's displeasure, but of favor.
  • Patricia Balla
    This psalm means the world to me.
    When my son was diagnose with stage 4 colon cancer at age 32 ,
    I had shared the news to 3 personal good friends . They all said to me " where is your God ???" Your always perching to us !!!
    I was floored ! Instead of receiving
    Compassion from them . Father God put words in my mouth to respond to them ! He told me to say " He's right here with me !"
  • Nina negron
    I asked god for a verse and this is what I heard, I'm trying to salvage what little I have left. So I'm confused but in jesus I trust.
  • Matilda Wonson
    The psalm is telling you not to give up but hope in god it is saying to wait expectantly for him and in waiting praise him who is the help of my countenance.
  • Felicia
    Verse 4
    I had lived a moment with the presence of the Lord in the church and in my life that I enjoyed much. However in recent years I agree with king David, my spiritual is up and down and my soul longs more and more for the Lord than ever before. But thank God for verse 8 that brings hope into my heart.

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