Psalm 34 NIV

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.

1 I will extol the LORD at all times;1 his praise will always be on my lips.

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2 My soul will boast2 in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.3

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3 Glorify the LORD 4 with me; let us exalt5 his name together.

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4 I sought the LORD,6 and he answered me; he delivered7 me from all my fears.

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5 Those who look to him are radiant;8 their faces are never covered with shame.9

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6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.10

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7 The angel of the LORD 11 encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers12 them.

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8 Taste and see that the LORD is good;13 blessed is the man who takes refuge14 in him.

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9 Fear the LORD,15 you his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.16

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10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.17

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11 Come, my children, listen18 to me; I will teach you19 the fear of the LORD.20

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12 Whoever of you loves life21 and desires to see many good days,

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13 keep your tongue22 from evil and your lips from speaking lies.23

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14 Turn from evil and do good;24 seek peace25 and pursue it.

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15 The eyes of the LORD 26 are on the righteous27 and his ears are attentive28 to their cry;

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16 the face of the LORD is against29 those who do evil,30 to cut off the memory31 of them from the earth.

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17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears32 them; he delivers them from all their troubles.

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18 The LORD is close33 to the brokenhearted34 and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

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19 A righteous man may have many troubles,35 but the LORD delivers him from them all;36

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      20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.37

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      21 Evil will slay the wicked;38 the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

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      22 The LORD redeems39 his servants; no one will be condemned who takes refuge40 in him.

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