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Psalm 34 International Standard Version (ISV)

By David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away. So David[a] left.

Learning about God’s Deliverance

34 [b]I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise will be in my mouth continuously.
My soul will glorify the Lord;
    the humble will hear about it and rejoice.
Magnify the Lord with me!
Let us lift up his name together!

I sought the Lord and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all of my fears.
Look to him and be radiant;
    and you[c] will not be ashamed.

This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard
    and delivered him from all of his distress.
The angel of the Lord surrounds those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good!
    How blessed is the person who trusts in him!
Fear the Lord, you holy ones of his;
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 Young lions lack and go hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord will never lack any good thing.

11 Come, children, listen to me,
    and I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Who among you[d] desires life,
    and wants long life in order to see good?
13 Then keep your tongue from doing evil
    and your lips from spreading lies.
14 Avoid evil and do good!
    Seek peace and pursue it!

15 The[e] Lord looks on the righteous,
    and he listens to their cries.
16 The face of the Lord is set against those who do evil,
    and he will remove people’s recollection of them from the earth.

17 The Lord hears those who cry out,
    and he delivers them from all their distress.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted,
    and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed.
19 A righteous person will have many troubles,
    but the Lord will deliver him from them all.
20 God[f] protects all his bones;
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will kill the wicked;
    those who hate the righteous will be held guilty.
22 The Lord redeems the lives of his servants;
    and none of those who trust in him will be held guilty.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 34:1 Lit. he
  2. Psalm 34:1 This Psalm is an acrostic poem.
  3. Psalm 34:5 Lit. their faces
  4. Psalm 34:12 Lit. Who is the person who
  5. Psalm 34:15 Lit. The eyes of the
  6. Psalm 34:20 Lit. He
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Psalm 34 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 34[a][b]

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

I will extol the Lord at all times;
    his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
    let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
    let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
    he delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant;
    their faces are never covered with shame.
This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
    he saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
    and he delivers them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 34:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 34:1 In Hebrew texts 34:1-22 is numbered 34:2-23.
New International Version (NIV)

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