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 bchanged his behavior before cAbimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1I will bless the Lord dat all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2My soul emakes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and fbe glad.
3Oh, gmagnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
4I hsought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
5Those who look to him are iradiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 jThis poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and ksaved him out of all his troubles.
7 lThe angel of the Lord mencamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
8Oh, ntaste and see that othe Lord is good!
pBlessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
9Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
10 qThe young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who rseek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 sCome, O children, listen to me;
tI will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 uWhat man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may vsee good?
13 wKeep your tongue from evil
and your lips from xspeaking deceit.
14 yTurn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and zpursue it.
15 aaThe eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
aband his ears toward their cry.
16 acThe face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to adcut off the memory of them from the earth.
17 aeWhen the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18The Lord is near to afthe brokenhearted
and saves agthe crushed in spirit.
19 ahMany are the afflictions of the righteous,
aibut the Lord delivers him out of them all.
20He keeps all his bones;
ajnot one of them is broken.
21 akAffliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
22The Lord alredeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be amcondemned.
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