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Psalm 34[a]

By David when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech; Abimelech threw him out, so David left.

I will thank Yahweh at all times.
    My mouth will always praise him.
My soul will boast about Yahweh.
    Those who are oppressed will hear it and rejoice.
Praise Yahweh’s greatness with me.
    Let us highly honor his name together.
I went to Yahweh for help.
    He answered me and rescued me from all my fears.
All who look to him will be radiant.[b]
    Their faces will never be covered with shame.
Here is a poor man who called out.
    Yahweh heard him and saved him from all his troubles.
The Messenger of Yahweh camps around those who fear him,
    and he rescues them.
Taste and see that Yahweh is good.
    Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him.
Fear Yahweh, you holy people who belong to him.
    Those who fear him are never in need.
10 Young lions go hungry and may starve,
    but those who seek Yahweh’s help have all the good things they need.
11 Come, children, listen to me.
    I will teach you the fear of Yahweh.
12 Which of you wants a full life?
    Who would like to live long enough to enjoy good things?
13 Keep your tongue from saying evil things
    and your lips from speaking deceitful things.
14 Turn away from evil, and do good.
    Seek peace, and pursue it!
15 Yahweh’s eyes are on righteous people.
    His ears hear their cry for help.
16 Yahweh confronts those who do evil
    in order to wipe out all memory of them from the earth.
17 Righteous people cry out.
    Yahweh hears and rescues them from all their troubles.
18 Yahweh is near to those whose hearts are humble.
    He saves those whose spirits are crushed.
19 The righteous person has many troubles,
    but Yahweh rescues him from all of them.
20 Yahweh guards all of his bones.
    Not one of them is broken.
21 Evil will kill wicked people,
    and those who hate righteous people will be condemned.
22 Yahweh protects the souls of his servants.
    All who take refuge in him will never be condemned.


  1. Psalm 34:1 Psalm 34 is a poem in Hebrew alphabetical order.
  2. Psalm 34:5 Hebrew meaning uncertain.

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