Psalm 34#34.0 Ps 34 is an alphabetic acrostic poem; see the note at Pss 9–10.
Of David, when he pretended to be crazy before Abimelech, who banished him so that he left.
1I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise will always be in my mouth.
2I#34.2 Or my soul; also in 34:22 praise the LORD—
let the suffering listen and rejoice.
3Magnify the LORD with me!
Together let us lift his name up high!
4I sought the LORD and he answered me.
He delivered me from all my fears.
5Those who look to God will shine;
their faces are never ashamed.
6This suffering person cried out:
the LORD listened and saved him from every trouble.
7On every side, the LORD’s messenger protects those who honor God; and he delivers them.
8Taste and see how good the LORD is!
The one who takes refuge in him is truly happy!
9You who are the LORD’s holy ones, honor him,
because those who honor him don’t lack a thing.
10Even strong young lions go without and get hungry,
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11Come, children, listen to me.
Let me teach you how to honor the LORD:
12Do you love life;
do you relish the chance to enjoy good things?
13Then you must keep your tongue from evil
and keep your lips from speaking lies!
14Turn away from evil! Do good!
Seek peace and go after it!
15The LORD’s eyes watch the righteous,
his ears listen to their cries for help.
16But the LORD’s face is set against those who do evil,
to eliminate even the memory of them from the earth.
17When the righteous cry out, the LORD listens;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
18The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
he saves those whose spirits are crushed.
19The righteous have many problems,
but the LORD delivers them from every one.
20He protects all their bones;
not even one will be broken.
21But just one problem will kill the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be held responsible.
22The LORD saves his servants’ lives;
all those who take refuge in him
won’t be held responsible for anything.