“As the deer panteth”

PSALM 42:1


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This psalm likens a stag or mule deer's longing for water to our soul's longing for God. Indeed, we must thirst after God for our very soul survival depends it.

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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

— Psalm 42:1

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As the hart כְּאַיָּ֗ל A stag or male deer H354
panteth תַּעֲרֹ֥ג To long for H6165
after עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications H5921
the water מָ֑יִם Water; figuratively, juice; by euphemism, urine, semen H4325
brooks, אֲפִֽיקֵי Properly, containing, i.e., a tube; also a bed or valley of a stream; also a strong thing or a hero H650
so כֵּ֤ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) H3651
panteth תַעֲרֹ֖ג To long for H6165

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