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Go to Commentary on Ps 34
 
Of David;
when he altered his senses before Abimelecha,
who drove him away, and he departed.

 1 I will bless Yahweh at all times.

 His song of praise will always be in my mouth.

 

 2 My soul will boast in Yahweh.

 May the afflicted hear it and may they rejoice!

 

 3 Oh magnify Yahweh with me!

 Let us exalt his name together!

 

 
4 
I sought Yahweh, and he answered me,

 yes, he delivered me from all my fears.

 

 5 Look to him and be radiant.

 Then their faces will never be ashamed.

 

 6 This afflicted person cried out and Yahweh heard him,

 and delivered him out of all his distress.

 

 7 The angel of Yahweh encamps

 around those who fear him, and delivers them.

 

 
8 
Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good.

 Blessed is the man who seeks refuge in him.

 

 9 Fear Yahweh, O you his holy ones,

 for those who fear him have no lack.

 

 10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger,

 but those who seek Yahweh

 will not lack any good thing.

 

 
11 
Come, you children, listen to me.

 I will teach you the fear of Yahweh.

 

 12 Who is the person who desires life,

 loving his days, so that he may see good?

 

 13 Guard your tongue from evil

 and your lips from speaking deceit.

 

 14 Turn away from evil and do good.

 Seek peace, and pursue it.

 

 
15 
Yahweh’s eyes are toward the righteous.

 Yes, his ears listen to their cry for help.

 

 16 Yahweh’s face is against those who do evil,

 to destroy the memory of them from the earth.

 

 17 The righteous cry out and Yahweh hears,

 and delivers them out of all their distresses.

 

 18 Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart

 and he delivers those who have a crushed spirit.

 

 
19 
Many evils happen to a righteous person,

 but Yahweh delivers him out of them all.

 

 20 He keeps watch over all of his bones.

 Not one of them is broken.

 

 21 Evil will kill a wicked person.

 Yes, those who hate a righteous person

 will suffer punishment.

 

 22 Yahweh redeems the soul of his servants.

 Indeed, none of those who seek refuge in him

 will suffer punishment.

 

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Concerning the apparent contradiction in the title of this Psalm, see the commentary on verse 1.

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