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Psalm 34

Taste and See That the Lord Is Good
# 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet Of David, when he #1 Sam. 21:13 changed his behavior before #[1 Sam. 21:10, 11, 12, 14]Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
1I will bless the Lord #[Eph. 5:20; 1 Thess. 5:18]at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul #Ps. 44:8; 1 Sam. 2:1; Jer. 9:24 makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and #Ps. 119:74be glad.
3Oh, #Ps. 35:27; 40:16; 69:30; 70:4; Luke 1:46magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4I #2 Chr. 15:2; [Matt. 7:7]sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5Those who look to him are #Isa. 60:5; [Ps. 4:6]radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 # ver. 15, 17 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and #ver. 17, 19; 2 Sam. 22:1saved him out of all his troubles.
7 # Dan. 6:22; Heb. 1:14 The angel of the Lord #[Gen. 32:1, 2; 2 Kgs. 6:17]encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8Oh, #Heb. 6:5; 1 Pet. 2:3 taste and see that #Ps. 100:5 the Lord is good!
# See Ps. 2:12 Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 # Job 4:10, 11 The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who #[Ps. 84:11]seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 # Ps. 66:16 Come, O children, listen to me;
# [Ps. 32:8] I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 # Cited 1 Pet. 3:10-12 What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may #Eccles. 3:13; 6:6see good?
13 # Ps. 15:3; 39:1; 141:3; Prov. 13:3; 21:23; James 1:26; 3:2; 1 Pet. 2:1, 22 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from #John 1:47; Rev. 14:5speaking deceit.
14 # Ps. 37:27; Isa. 1:16, 17; [Job 28:28] Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and #Rom. 14:19; Heb. 12:14; [Rom. 12:18]pursue it.
15 # See Ps. 33:18 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
# ver. 6, 8; Ps. 145:18; [John 9:31] and his ears toward their cry.
16 # Jer. 44:11; Amos 9:4 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to #See Ps. 21:10cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 # [See ver. 15 above] When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18The Lord is near to #Ps. 51:17; 147:3; Isa. 61:1 the brokenhearted
and saves #Isa. 57:15; 66:2; See Luke 15:17-24the crushed in spirit.
19 # 2 Tim. 3:11, 12 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
# ver. 6, 17, 22; [Acts 12:11] but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20He keeps all his bones;
# John 19:36 not one of them is broken.
21 # Ps. 94:23; Prov. 24:16; [Ps. 7:15, 16] Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22The Lord #See Ps. 25:22 redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be #[Rom. 8:33, 34]condemned.

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