Psalms 34

Psalm 341

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

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