Psalms 34

Taste and See That the  Lord Is Good

This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet
Of David, when he b  changed his behavior before c  Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will bless the  Lord d  at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul e  makes its boast in the  Lord;
let the humble hear and f  be glad.
3Oh, g  magnify the  Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4 I h  sought the  Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5Those who look to him are i  radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 j  This poor man cried, and the  Lord heard him
and k  saved him out of all his troubles.
7 l  The angel of the  Lord m  encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8 Oh, n  taste and see that o  the  Lord is good!
p  Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9Oh, fear the  Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 q  The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who r  seek the  Lord lack no good thing.
11 s  Come, O children, listen to me;
t  I will teach you the fear of the  Lord.
12 u  What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may v  see good?
13 w  Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from x  speaking deceit.
14 y  Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and z  pursue it.
15 aa  The eyes of the  Lord are toward the righteous
ab  and his ears toward their cry.
16 ac  The face of the  Lord is against those who do evil,
to ad  cut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 ae  When the righteous cry for help, the  Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18The  Lord is near to af  the brokenhearted
and saves ag  the crushed in spirit.
19 ah  Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
ai  but the  Lord delivers him out of them all.
20He keeps all his bones;
aj  not one of them is broken.
21 ak  Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22The  Lord al  redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be am  condemned.
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