Psalms 34

Of David. When he made a change in his behaviour before Abimelech, who sent him away, and he went.

1 I will be blessing the Lord at all times; his praise will be ever in my mouth. 2My soul will say great things of the Lord: the poor in spirit will have knowledge of it and be glad. 3O give praise to the Lord with me; let us be witnesses together of his great name. 4I was searching for the Lord, and he gave ear to my voice, and made me free from all my fears. 5Let your eyes be turned to him and you will have light, and your faces will not be shamed. 6This poor man's cry came before the Lord, and he gave him salvation from all his troubles. 7The angel of the Lord is ever watching over those who have fear of him, to keep them safe. 8By experience you will see that the Lord is good; happy is the man who has faith in him. 9Keep yourselves in the fear of the Lord, all you his saints; for those who do so will have no need of anything. 10The young lions are in need and have no food; but those who are looking to the Lord will have every good thing. 11Come, children, give attention to me; I will be your teacher in the fear of the Lord. 12What man has a love of life, and a desire that his days may be increased so that he may see good? 13Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from words of deceit. 14Be turned from evil, and do good; make a search for peace, desiring it with all your heart. 15The eyes of the Lord are on the upright, and his ears are open to their cry. 16The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to take away the memory of them from the earth. 17The cry of the upright comes before the Lord, and he takes them out of all their troubles. 18The Lord is near the broken-hearted; he is the saviour of those whose spirits are crushed down. 19Great are the troubles of the upright: but the Lord takes him safely out of them all. 20He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken. 21Evil will put an end to the sinner, and those who are haters of righteousness will come to destruction. 22The Lord will be the saviour of the souls of his servants, and no one who has faith in him will be put to shame.
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