Bible: Psalm 34

Psalm 34 1 

34:1 Written by David, when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, causing the king to send him away. 2 

I will praise 3  the Lord at all times;

my mouth will continually praise him. 4 

34:2 I will boast 5  in the Lord;

let the oppressed hear and rejoice! 6 

34:3 Magnify the Lord with me!

Let’s praise 7  his name together!

34:4 I sought the Lord’s help 8  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 him 10  from all his troubles.

34:7 The Lord’s angel camps around

the Lord’s 11  loyal followers 12  and delivers them. 13 

34:8 Taste 14  and see that the Lord is good!

How blessed 15  is the one 16  who takes shelter in him! 17 

34:9 Remain loyal to 18  the Lord, you chosen people of his, 19 

for his loyal followers 20  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 words 24 

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 godly 30  cry out and the Lord hears;

he saves them from all their troubles. 31 

34:18 The Lord is near the brokenhearted;

he delivers 32  those who are discouraged. 33 

34:19 The godly 34  face many dangers, 35 

but the Lord saves 36  them 37  from each one of them.

34:20 He protects 38  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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