Psalms 34:20

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

Psalms 34:20 in Other Translations

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
20 For the LORD protects the bones of the righteous; not one of them is broken!
20 He's your bodyguard, shielding every bone; not even a finger gets broken.
20 He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken.

Psalms 34:20 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 34:20

He keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken.
] This is literally true of Christ, in whom the type of the passover lamb had its accomplishment, and this passage also; see ( Exodus 12:46 ) ( John 19:31-36 ) ; and seems better to agree with him than with any of his members, since the bones of many of them have been broken by one accident or another; and especially many of the martyrs of Jesus have had all their bones broken upon the rack or wheel; wherefore, to understand these words of them might tend to create uneasiness and despondency in the minds of such who by any means have their bones broken; as if they were not righteous persons, this promise not being fulfilled in them: and to interpret this of the Lord's keeping the bones of his people in the grave, and in the resurrection putting them together again; this is no other than what will be done to the wicked; it seems therefore best to understand the whole of Christ; and it looks as if this passage was had in view as fulfilled in ( John 19:36 ) ; since a Scripture is referred to; but if it is interpreted of the righteous in general, it must be with a limitation; as that their bones are all kept by the Lord, and not one is broken without his knowledge and will; and that they are not broken finally, but restored again perfect and whole in the resurrection, and so will continue to all eternity: the phrase, without entering into particulars, may in general design the care of Providence over the righteous; with this compare ( Matthew 10:29 Matthew 10:30 ) .

Psalms 34:20 In-Context

18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
19 The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The LORD will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Cross References 1

Scripture quoted by permission.  Quotations designated (NIV) are from THE HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®.  NIV®.  Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica.  All rights reserved worldwide.