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Psalm 34 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Taste and See That the Lord Is Good

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:1 - [fn] Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:2 - My soul makes its boast in the LORD;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:3 - Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:5 - Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:6 - This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:7 - The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:8 - Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:9 - Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 - The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:11 - Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:12 - What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:13 - Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:14 - Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:15 - The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:16 - The face of the LORD is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:17 - When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:18 - The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:19 - Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:20 - He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:21 - Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:22 - The LORD redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.
ESV Footnotes
This psalm is an acrostic poem, each verse beginning with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version copyright © 2001, 2007, 2011, 2016 by Crossway Books and Bibles, a Publishing Ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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