Written by David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, causing the king to send him away.2
34:1 I will praise3 the Lord at all times;
my mouth will continually praise him.4
34:2 I will boast5 in the Lord;
let the oppressed hear and rejoice!6
34:3 Magnify the Lord with me!
Let’s praise7 his name together!
34:4 I sought the Lord’s help8 and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.
34:5 Those who look to him for help are happy;
their faces are not ashamed.9
34:6 This oppressed man cried out and the Lord heard;
he saved him10 from all his troubles.
34:7 The Lord’s angel camps around
the Lord’s11 loyal followers12 and delivers them.13
34:8 Taste14 and see that the Lord is good!
How blessed15 is the one16who takes shelter in him!17
34:9 Remain loyal to18 the Lord, you chosen people of his,19
for his loyal followers20 lack nothing!
34:10 Even young lions sometimes lack food and are hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
34:11 Come children! Listen to me!
I will teach you what it means to fear the Lord.21
34:12 Do you want to really live?22
Would you love to live a long, happy life?23
34:13 Then make sure you don’t speak evil words24
or use deceptive speech!25
34:14 Turn away from evil and do what is right!26
Strive for peace and promote it!27
34:15 The Lord pays attention to the godly
and hears their cry for help.28
34:16 But the Lord opposes evildoers
and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.29
34:17 The godly30 cry out and the Lord hears;
he saves them from all their troubles.31
34:18 The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
he delivers32 those who are discouraged.33
34:19 The godly34 face many dangers,35
but the Lord saves36 them37 from each one of them.
34:20 He protects38 all his bones;39
not one of them is broken.40
34:21 Evil people self-destruct;41
those who hate the godly are punished.42
34:22 The Lord rescues his servants;43
all who take shelter in him escape punishment.44