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Psalm 34 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:1 - [fn][fn]Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left. I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:2 - I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:3 - Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:4 - I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:5 - Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:6 - This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:7 - The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:8 - Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:9 - Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 - The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:11 - Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:12 - Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:13 - keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:14 - Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:15 - The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:16 - but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:17 - The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:18 - The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:19 - The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:20 - he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:21 - Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:22 - The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
NIV Footnotes
This psalm is an acrostic poem, the verses of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
In Hebrew texts 34:1-22 is numbered 34:2-23.

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