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Psalm 34

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David praises God, and exhorts others thereto by his experience.

By David; when he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.*
chronological insert: follows 1 Samuel 21:13-15

34:1 I will bless Yahweh at all times.
His praise will always be in my mouth.

34:2 My soul shall boast in Yahweh.
The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

34:3 Oh magnify Yahweh with me.
Let us exalt his name together.

34:4 I sought Yahweh, and he answered me,
and delivered me from all my fears.

34:5 They looked to him, and were radiant.
Their faces shall never be covered with shame.

34:6 This poor man cried, and Yahweh heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.

34:7 The angel of Yahweh encamps around those who fear him,
and delivers them.

They are blessed that trust in God.

34:8 Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good.
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

34:9 Oh fear Yahweh, you his saints,
for there is no lack with those who fear him.

34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger,
but those who seek Yahweh shall not lack any good thing.

He exhorts to the fear of God.

34:11 Come, you children, listen to me.
I will teach you the fear of Yahweh.

34:12 Who is someone who desires life,
and loves many days, that he may see good?

34:13 Keep your tongue from evil,
and your lips from speaking lies.

34:14 Depart from evil, and do good.
seek peace, and pursue it.

The privileges of the righteous.

34:15 Yahweh’s eyes are toward the righteous.
His ears listen to their cry.

34:16 Yahweh’s face is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

34:17 The righteous cry, and Yahweh hears,
and delivers them out of all their troubles.

34:18 Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart,
and saves those who have a crushed spirit.

34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.

*34:20 He protects all of his bones.
Not one of them is broken.

34:21 Evil shall kill the wicked.
Those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.

34:22 Yahweh redeems the soul of his servants.
None of those who take refuge in him shall be condemned.

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