Psalm 34:16
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New International Version
but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.

New Living Translation
But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.

English Standard Version
The face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

New American Standard Bible
The face of the LORD is against evildoers, To cut off the memory of them from the earth.

King James Bible
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The face of the LORD is set against those who do what is evil, to erase all memory of them from the earth.

International Standard Version
The face of the LORD is set against those who do evil, and he will remove people's recollection of them from the earth.

NET Bible
But the LORD opposes evildoers and wipes out all memory of them from the earth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The face of Lord Jehovah is against the evil, to blot out their remembrance from the Earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD confronts those who do evil in order to wipe out all memory of them from the earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ain The anger of the LORD is against those that do evil to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

American King James Version
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

American Standard Version
The face of Jehovah is against them that do evil, To cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil things: to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
The face of Jehovah is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth:

English Revised Version
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

World English Bible
Yahweh's face is against those who do evil, to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
(The face of Jehovah is on doers of evil, To cut off from earth their memorial.)
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 16. - The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. Conversely, God turns away his face from the wicked, and punishes them by causing their very memory to perish from among men (comp. Job 18:17; Psalm 109:13; Proverbs 10:7). The natural wish for continuance, which causes men to build themselves monuments, and erect other great works, and delight in offspring, and seek to establish their families, and create entails, and have their portraits taken, and "call the lands after their own names" (Psalm 49:11), was especially strong in the Hebrew race, and made the threat that their remembrance should be cut off peculiarly terrible to them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The face of the Lord is against them that do evil,.... Not against everyone that sins; for the righteous are not without sin; they have sin in them, and they do no good without it; but against them that live in sin, whose course of life is a series of wickedness, and they are workers of iniquity; and have no sense of sin, nor sorrow for it, go on in it without shame or fear; against these the face of the Lord is, he shows his resentment, and stirs up his wrath. For the Lord to be against a man is dreadful; a fearful thing it is to fill into his hands as a God of vengeance; there is no standing before him when once he is angry: and to have the face of God against a man is intolerable, when it is to destroy, and

to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth; so that they shall be no more thought of, nor spoken of, but with contempt and reproach; an everlasting mark of infamy being upon their names; see Proverbs 10:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16. face … against—opposed to them (Le 17:10; 20:3).

cut off the remembrance—utterly destroy (Ps 109:13).

Psalm 34:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
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. 17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles.…
Cross References
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."

Leviticus 17:10
"'I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people.

Job 18:17
The memory of him perishes from the earth; he has no name in the land.

Job 24:20
The womb forgets them, the worm feasts on them; the wicked are no longer remembered but are broken like a tree.

Psalm 5:4
For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome.

Psalm 9:6
Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies, you have uprooted their cities; even the memory of them has perished.

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 109:15
May their sins always remain before the LORD, that he may blot out their name from the earth.

Proverbs 10:7
The name of the righteous is used in blessings, but the name of the wicked will rot.

Jeremiah 23:30
"Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.

Jeremiah 44:11
"Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: I am determined to bring disaster on you and to destroy all Judah.

Ezekiel 15:7
I will set my face against them. Although they have come out of the fire, the fire will yet consume them. And when I set my face against them, you will know that I am the LORD.

Amos 9:4
Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, there I will command the sword to slay them. "I will keep my eye on them for harm and not for good."

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?
Treasury of Scripture

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

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Leviticus 17:10 And whatever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers …

Leviticus 26:17 And I will set my face against you, and you shall be slain before …

Jeremiah 44:11 Therefore thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, …

Ezekiel 14:7,8 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojournes …

Amos 9:4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, there will …

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Psalm 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

Job 18:17 His remembrance shall perish from the earth, and he shall have no …

Proverbs 10:7 The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Ecclesiastes 8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place …

Jeremiah 17:13 O LORD, the hope of Israel, all that forsake you shall be ashamed, …

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