Psalms 34:8-14

8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

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Psalms 34:8 in Other Translations

KJV
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
ESV
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
NLT
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!
MSG
8 Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see - how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him.
CSB
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalms 34:8-14 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 34

\\<<[A Psalm] of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech\\; \\who drove him away, and he departed>>\\. The author of this psalm is expressed by name; and the time and occasion of it are plainly intimated: it was composed by David, "when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech"; not Ahimelech the priest, sometimes called Abimelech, 1Ch 18:16; to whom David went alone for bread, pretending he was upon a private business of the king's; to which sense the Syriac version inclines, rendering the words, "when he went to the house of the Lord, [and] gave the firstfruits to the priests". But this Abimelech was king of Gath, the same with Achish, 1Sa 21:10; who either had two names; or this of Abimelech, as it should seem, was a common name to all the kings of the Philistines; see Ge 20:2, 26:8; as Pharaoh was to the Egyptian kings, and Caesar to the Roman emperors: the name signifies a "father king", or "my father king", or a "royal father"; as kings should be the fathers of their country: before him "David changed his behaviour", his taste, sense, or reason: he imitated a madman; behaved as if he was out of his senses, scrabbling on the doors of the gates, and letting his spittle fall down upon his beard; for he being known and made known by the servants of the king, he was in great fear of losing his life, being in the hands of an enemy, and who he might justly fear would revenge the death of their champion Goliath; wherefore he took this method to get himself despised and neglected by them, and escape out of their hands: and which succeeded; for Abimelech, or Achish, seeing him behave in such a manner, treated him with contempt, was displeased with his servants for bringing him into his presence, and ordered them to take him away, or dismiss him; which is here expressed by this phrase, "who drove him away", with scorn and indignation; "and he departed" to the cave of Adullam, glad at heart he had escaped such danger: upon which, under a sense of divine goodness, and by the inspiration of the Spirit of God, he composed the following psalm; see 1Sa 21:10-15, 22:1.

Psalms 34:8-14 In-Context

6 This poor man called, and the LORD heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
9 Fear the LORD, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

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Cross References 13

  • 1. Hebrews 6:5; 1 Peter 2:3
  • 2. S Psalms 2:12
  • 3. S Deuteronomy 6:13; Revelation 14:7
  • 4. S Psalms 23:1
  • 5. S Psalms 23:1; Psalms 84:11
  • 6. Psalms 66:16
  • 7. S Psalms 32:8
  • 8. S Psalms 19:9
  • 9. Ecclesiastes 3:13; 1 Peter 3:10
  • 10. Psalms 39:1; Psalms 141:3; Proverbs 13:3; Proverbs 21:23; James 1:26
  • 11. S Psalms 12:2; 1 Peter 2:22
  • 12. Psalms 37:27; Isaiah 1:17; 3 John 1:11
  • 13. S Romans 14:19; Hebrews 12:14
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