Psalms 34
The Lord Delivers the Righteous
Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, # Probably Achish, king of Gath # 1Sm 21:10-15 who drove him out, and he departed.
1I # The lines of this poem form an acrostic. will praise the Lord at all times;
His praise will always be on my lips. # Ps 71:6; Eph 5:20
2I will boast in the Lord; # Ps 44:8; Jr 9:24; 1Co 1:31
the humble will hear and be glad. # Ps 69:32
3Proclaim Yahweh’s greatness with me; # Lk 1:46
let us exalt His name together. # Ps 69:30
4I sought the Lord, and He answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. # Ps 34:6,17,19
5Those who look to Him are # Some Hb mss, LXX, Aq, Syr, Jer read Look to Him and be radiant with joy; # Is 60:5
their faces will never be ashamed. # Ps 25:3
6This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him from all his troubles. # Ps 34:4
7The Angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear Him, and rescues them. # Ps 91:11; Heb 1:14
8Taste and see that the Lord is good. # 1Pt 2:3
How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him! # Ps 2:12
9You who are His holy ones, fear Yahweh,
for those who fear Him lack nothing. # Ps 23:1
10Young lions # LXX, Syr, Vg read The rich lack food and go hungry, # Jb 4:10-11
but those who seek the Lord
will not lack any good thing. # Ps 84:11
11Come, children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord. # Ps 66:16; 111:10
12Who is the man who delights in life,
loving a long life to enjoy what is good? # Ec 3:13; 6:6
13Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from deceitful speech. # Ps 39:1; 141:3; Pr 13:3; Jms 1:26
14Turn away from evil and do what is good; # Ps 37:27; Is 1:16-17
seek peace and pursue it. # Rm 14:19; Heb 12:14
15The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and His ears are open to their cry for help. # Jb 36:7; Ps 33:18; 1Pt 3:12
16The face of the Lord is set
against those who do what is evil, # 1Pt 3:10-12
to erase # Or cut off all memory of them from the earth. # Am 9:4
17The righteous # Lit They cry out, and the Lord hears,
and delivers them from all their troubles. # Ps 145:19
18The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
He saves those crushed in spirit. # Ps 51:17; 147:3; Is 61:1
19Many adversities come to the one who is righteous,
but the Lord delivers him from them all. # Ps 71:20; 2Tm 3:11-12
20He protects all his bones;
not one of them is broken. # Jn 19:33,36
21Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished. # Ps 94:23; 140:11; Pr 24:16
22The Lord redeems the life of His servants,
and all who take refuge in Him will not be punished. # Ps 37:40; Rm 8:33-34

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