Psalms 34:2

2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

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Psalms 34:2 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
English Standard Version (ESV)
2 My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 I will boast only in the LORD ; let all who are helpless take heart.
The Message Bible (MSG)
2 I live and breathe God; if things aren't going well, hear this and be happy:
American Standard Version (ASV)
2 My soul shall make her boast in Jehovah: The meek shall hear thereof, and be glad.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
2 My soul will boast about the LORD. Those who are oppressed will hear it and rejoice.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
2 I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be glad.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
2 I will honor the Lord. Let those who are hurting hear and be joyful.

Psalms 34:2 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 34:2

My soul shall make her boast in the Lord
Not in men, nor in any outward enjoyment, nor in any works of righteousness, but in the Lord; "in the Word of the Lord", as the Targum; in the Lord Jesus Christ; in his wisdom, strength, riches, righteousness, redemption, and salvation; in interest in him, and communion with him: and this is not tongue but soul boasting; and not flashy and selfish, but solid, spiritual, and hearty; and with all the powers and faculties of the soul; see ( 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 ) ;

the humble shall hear [thereof];
either of the deliverance the psalmist had out of the hands of his enemies; or of his blessing and praising the Lord for the same, and making his boast in him as the God of his salvation; or of both: of these humble ones, (See Gill on Psalms 10:12);

and be glad;
for such rejoice with them that rejoice, and are glad at heart that others share in the goodness and grace of God; and also because by such an instance of the divine power and kindness they are encouraged to hope that he will, in his own time, deliver them out of their afflictions and distresses also.

Psalms 34:2 In-Context

1 I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.
2 I will glory in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
3 Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Psalms 44:8; Jeremiah 9:24; 1 Corinthians 1:31
  • 2. Psalms 69:32; Psalms 107:42; Psalms 119:74
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