Psalm 34

1    I will bless the Lord at all times;  

his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2    My soul shall glory in the Lord;  

let the humble hear and be glad.

3    O magnify the Lord with me;  

let us exalt his name together.

4    I sought the Lord and he answered me  

and delivered me from all my fears.

5    Look upon him and be radiant  

and your faces shall not be ashamed.

6  This poor soul cried, and the Lord heard me  

and saved me from all my troubles.

7    The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him  

and delivers them.

8    O taste and see that the Lord is gracious;  

blessed is the one who trusts in him.

9    Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones,  

for those who fear him lack nothing.

10  Lions may lack and suffer hunger,  

but those who seek the Lord

    lack nothing that is good.

11  Come, my children, and listen to me;  

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12  Who is there who delights in life  

and longs for days to enjoy good things?

13  Keep your tongue from evil  

and your lips from lying words.

14  Turn from evil and do good;  

seek peace and pursue it.

15  The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous  

and his ears are open to their cry.

16  The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,  

to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17  The righteous cry and the Lord hears them  

and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted  

and will save those who are crushed in spirit.

19  Many are the troubles of the righteous;  

from them all will the Lord deliver them.

20  He keeps all their bones,  

so that not one of them is broken.

21  But evil shall slay the wicked  

and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22  The Lord ransoms the life of his servants  

and will condemn none who seek refuge in him.


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