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Psalm 34 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:1 - A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away.

I will praise the LORD at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:2 - I will boast only in the LORD;
let all who are helpless take heart.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:3 - Come, let us tell of the LORD’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:4 - I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:5 - Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:6 - In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:7 - For the angel of the LORD is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:8 - Taste and see that the LORD is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:9 - Fear the LORD, you his godly people,
for those who fear him will have all they need.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:10 - Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry,
but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:11 - Come, my children, and listen to me,
and I will teach you to fear the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:12 - Does anyone want to live a life
that is long and prosperous?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:13 - Then keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:14 - Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:15 - The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:16 - But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:17 - The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:18 - The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:19 - The righteous person faces many troubles,
but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:20 - For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous;
not one of them is broken!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:21 - Calamity will surely overtake the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 34:22 - But the LORD will redeem those who serve him.
No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.
NLT Footnotes
This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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