Psalm 34
The Lord Delivers the Righteous
Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech,34:0 1Sm 21:10–15 who drove him out, and he departed.
1I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.34:1 Ps 71:6; Eph 5:20
2I will boast in the Lord;34:2 Ps 44:8; Is 41:16; Jr 9:24; 1Co 1:31; 2Co 10:17; Gl 6:14; Php 3:3
the humble will hear and be glad.34:2 Ps 69:32
3Proclaim the Lord’s greatness with me;34:3 Lk 1:46
let us exalt his name together.34:3 Ps 69:30

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and rescued me from all my fears.34:4 Ps 34:6,17,19
5Those who look to him are34:5 Some Hb mss, LXX, Aq, Syr, Jer read Look to him and be radiant with joy;34:5 Is 60:5
their faces will never be ashamed.34:5 Ps 25:3
6This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him from all his troubles.34:6 Ps 34:4
7The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and rescues them.34:7 Ps 91:11; Heb 1:14

8Taste and see that the Lord is good.34:8 1Pt 2:3
How happy is the person who takes refuge in him!34:8 Ps 2:12
9You who are his holy ones, fear the Lord,
for those who fear him lack nothing.34:9 Ps 23:1
10Young lions34:10 LXX, Syr, Vg read The rich lack food and go hungry,34:10 Jb 4:10–11
but those who seek the Lord
will not lack any good thing.34:10 Ps 84:11

11Come, children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.34:11 Dt 4:10; 31:12–13; Ps 66:16; 111:10
12Who is someone who desires life,
loving a long life to enjoy what is good?34:12 Ec 3:13; 6:6
13Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from deceitful speech.34:13 Ps 39:1; 141:3; Pr 13:3; Jms 1:26
14Turn away from evil and do what is good;34:14 Ps 37:27; Is 1:16–17
seek peace and pursue it.34:14 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.34:15 Jb 36:7; Ps 33:18; 1Pt 3:12
16The face of the Lord is set
against those who do what is evil,34:12–16 1Pt 3:10–12
to remove34:16 Or cut off all memory of them from the earth.34:16 Am 9:4
17The righteous34:17 Lit They cry out, and the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.34:17 Ps 145:19
18The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
he saves those crushed in spirit.34:18 Ps 51:17; 147:3; Is 61:1

19One who is righteous has many adversities,
but the Lord rescues him from them all.34:19 Ps 71:20; 2Tm 3:11–12
20He protects all his bones;
not one of them is broken.34:20 Jn 19:33,36
21Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.34:21 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.34:22 Ps 37:40; Rm 8:33–34