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GOD'S WORD ® Translation
[By David when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech; Abimelech threw him out, so David left.] I will thank the LORD at all times. My mouth will always praise him.
2My soul will boast about the LORD. Those who are oppressed will hear it and rejoice.
3Praise the LORD's greatness with me. Let us highly honor his name together.
4I went to the LORD for help. He answered me and rescued me from all my fears.
5All who look to him will be radiant. Their faces will never be covered with shame.
6Here is a poor man who called out. The LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles.
7The Messenger of the LORD camps around those who fear him, and he rescues them.
8Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him.
9Fear the LORD, you holy people who belong to him. Those who fear him are never in need.
10Young lions go hungry and may starve, but those who seek the LORD's help have all the good things they need.
11Come, children, listen to me. I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12Which of you wants a full life? Who would like to live long enough to enjoy good things?
13Keep your tongue from saying evil things and your lips from speaking deceitful things.
14Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it!
15The LORD's eyes are on righteous people. His ears hear their cry for help.
16The LORD confronts those who do evil in order to wipe out all memory of them from the earth.
17[Righteous people] cry out. The LORD hears and rescues them from all their troubles.
18The LORD is near to those whose hearts are humble. He saves those whose spirits are crushed.
19The righteous person has many troubles, but the LORD rescues him from all of them.
20The LORD guards all of his bones. Not one of them is broken.
21Evil will kill wicked people, and those who hate righteous people will be condemned.
22The LORD protects the souls of his servants. All who take refuge in him will never be condemned.