Psalm 34:15
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New International Version
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry;

New Living Translation
The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.

English Standard Version
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

New American Standard Bible
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.

King James Bible
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry for help.

International Standard Version
The LORD looks on the righteous, and he listens to their cries.

NET Bible
The LORD pays attention to the godly and hears their cry for help.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The eyes of Lord Jehovah are upon the righteous ones, and his ears to hear them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD's eyes are on righteous people. His ears hear their cry for help.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Samech The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

King James 2000 Bible
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

American King James Version
The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

American Standard Version
The eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteous, And his ears are open unto their cry.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The eyes of the Lord are upon the just: and his ears unto their prayers.

Darby Bible Translation
The eyes of Jehovah are upon the righteous, and his ears are toward their cry;

English Revised Version
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

Webster's Bible Translation
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

World English Bible
Yahweh's eyes are toward the righteous. His ears listen to their cry.

Young's Literal Translation
The eyes of Jehovah are unto the righteous, And His ears unto their cry.
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 15. - The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous (comp. Job 36:7; Psalm 33:18; 1 Peter 3:12; and see the comment on Psalm 33:18). And his ears are open unto their cry. The specific statement of ver. 6 is now generalized. What God had done in the case of the psalmist, he will do in all other similar cases. His eyes will be open to his people's needs, and his ears attent unto their prayers (2 Chronicles 6:40).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,.... These are the same with them that fear the Lord, and do good; not that they become righteous in the sight of God, or are justified before him, by their fear of him, and by their good works; but these are the fruits and effects of grace, showing them to be righteous persons; for it is only by the righteousness of Christ that men are righteous before God: and upon these the eyes of the Lord are; not only his eye of Providence, to watch over them, protect them, and supply them with good things, but his eye of love; with complacency and delight he looks upon them, as clothed with the righteousness of his son; and it is with pleasure he looks upon them, that being well pleasing in his sight; seeing by it the law is magnified and made honourable; nor does he ever withdraw his eyes from them, Job 36:7;

and his ears are open unto their cry; for though they are righteous, they are sometimes in distress; their afflictions are many; the good days they are to see are hereafter; and at those times they cry unto the Lord; which is to be understood of prayer, and of the vehemency and fervency of it, when they have the ear of God, and he shows himself to be a God hearing and answering prayer.

The Treasury of David

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles,

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Psalm 34:15

"The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous." He observes them with approval and tender consideration; they are so dear to him that he cannot take his eyes off them; he watches each one of them as carefully and intently as if there were only that one creature in the universe. "His ears are open unto their cry." His eyes and ears are thus both turned by the Lord towards his saints; his whole mind is occupied about them: if slighted by all others they are not neglected by him. Their cry he hears at once, even as a mother is sure to hear her sick babe; the cry may be broken, plaintive, unhappy, feeble, unbelieving, yet the Father's quick ear catches each note of lament or appeal, and he is not slow to answer his children's voice.

Psalm 34:16

"The face of the Lord is against them that do evil." God is not indifferent to the deeds of sinners, but he sets his face against them, as we say, being determined that they shall have no countenance and support, but shall be thwarted and defeated. He is determinately resolved that the ungodly shall not prosper; he sets himself with all his might to overthrow them. "To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth." He will stamp out their fires, their honour shall be turned into shame, their names forgotten or accursed. Utter destruction shall be the lot of all the ungodly.

Psalm 34:17

"The righteous cry." Like Israel in Egypt, they cry out under the heavy yoke of oppression, both of sin, temptation, care and grief. "And the Lord heareth;" he is like the night-watchman, who no sooner hears the alarm-bell than he flies to relieve those who need him. "And delivereth them out of all their troubles." No net of trouble can so hold us that the Lord cannot free us. Our afflictions may be numerous and complicated, but prayer can set us free from them all, for the Lord will show himself strong on our behalf.

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Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. eyes of the Lord are upon—(Ps 32:8; 33:18).

Psalm 34:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
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. 16The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth.…
Cross References
John 9:31
We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.

1 Peter 3:12
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

2 Chronicles 6:20
May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name there. May you hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place.

Job 36:7
He does not take his eyes off the righteous; he enthrones them with kings and exalts them forever.

Psalm 10:17
You, LORD, hear the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry,

Psalm 11:4
The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.

Psalm 33:18
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

Psalm 40:1
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry.

Habakkuk 1:13
Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Zechariah 13:9
This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"

Malachi 3:16
Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.
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The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

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Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the LORD is on them that fear him, on them that …

Job 36:7 He withdraws not his eyes from the righteous: but with kings are …

1 Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are …

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Psalm 34:6,17 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of …

Psalm 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let your ears be attentive to the voice of my …

2 Chronicles 6:40 Now, my God, let, I beseech you, your eyes be open, and let your …

Isaiah 37:14-21 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, …

Daniel 9:17-23 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his …

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