Psalm 34:14
Parallel Verses
New International Version
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

New Living Translation
Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

English Standard Version
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

New American Standard Bible
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

King James Bible
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.

International Standard Version
Avoid evil and do good! Seek peace and pursue it!

NET Bible
Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pass from evil and do good, seek peace and run after it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

King James 2000 Bible
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

American King James Version
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

American Standard Version
Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Turn away from evil and do good: seek after peace and pursue it.

Darby Bible Translation
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

English Revised Version
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

World English Bible
Depart from evil, and do good. seek peace, and pursue it.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn aside from evil and do good, Seek peace and pursue it.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:11-22 Let young persons set out in life with learning the fear of the Lord, if they desire true comfort here, and eternal happiness hereafter. Those will be most happy who begin the soonest to serve so good a Master. All aim to be happy. Surely this must look further than the present world; for man's life on earth consists but of few days, and those full of trouble. What man is he that would see the good of that where all bliss is perfect? Alas! few have this good in their thoughts. That religion promises best which creates watchfulness over the heart and over the tongue. It is not enough not to do hurt, we must study to be useful, and to live to some purpose; we must seek peace and pursue it; be willing to deny ourselves a great deal for peace' sake. It is the constant practice of real believers, when in distress, to cry unto God, and it is their constant comfort that he hears them. The righteous are humbled for sin, and are low in their own eyes. Nothing is more needful to true godliness than a contrite heart, broken off from every self-confidence. In this soil every grace will flourish, and nothing can encourage such a one but the free, rich grace of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The righteous are taken under the special protection of the Lord, yet they have their share of crosses in this world, and there are those that hate them. Both from the mercy of Heaven, and the malice of hell, the afflictions of the righteous must be many. But whatever troubles befal them, shall not hurt their souls, for God keeps them from sinning in troubles. No man is desolate, but he whom God has forsaken.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Depart from evil, and do good. From words the psalmist proceeds to acts, and, in the briefest possible way, says all that can be said. First, he enjoins negative goodness - "depart from evil," i.e. do nothing that is wrong; break no laws of God, no command of conscience; have a conscience void of offence, both towards God and towards man. Secondly, he requires positive goodness - "Do good;" i.e. actively perform the will of God from the heart; discharge every duty; practise every virtue; carry out the precepts of the moral law in every particular. Seek peace, and pursue it. It is not clear why this virtue - one of many - is specially enjoined; but probably some circumstances of the time made the recommendation advisable.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Depart from evil,.... This denotes that evil is near to men; it keeps close to them, and should be declined and shunned: and it regards all sorts of evil; evil men, and their evil company; evil things, evil words and works, and all appearance of evil; and the fear of the Lord shows itself in an hatred of it, and a departure from it, Proverbs 8:13;

and do good; not only acts of beneficence to all in necessitous circumstances, but every good work; whatever the word of God directs, or suggests should be done; and which should be done from right principles of faith and love, and to right ends, the glory of God, and the good of his interest; and Christ should be looked and applied unto for grace and strength to perform; all which are evidences of the true fear of God;

seek peace, and pursue it; in the world, and with all men, as much as possibly can be; in neighbourhoods, cities, and states, and in the churches of Christ, and with the saints, as well as with God through Christ; and which in every sense is to be pursued after with eagerness, and to be endeavoured for with diligence; see Romans 12:18.



Psalm 34:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
13Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. 14Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. 15The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.…
Cross References
Romans 14:19
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Hebrews 12:14
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11
They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.

3 John 1:11
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

Psalm 37:27
Turn from evil and do good; then you will dwell in the land forever.

Psalm 97:10
Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 14:16
The wise fear the LORD and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.

Isaiah 1:16
Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong.

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.
Treasury of Scripture

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Depart

Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for ever more.

Job 28:28 And to man he said, Behold, the fear of the LORD, that is wisdom; …

Proverbs 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogance, and the …

Proverbs 13:14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.

Proverbs 16:16,17 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold! and to get understanding …

Isaiah 1:16,17 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, …

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

do

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices …

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

seek

Psalm 120:7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of …

1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

James 3:17,18 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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