Psalm 34:18
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New International Version
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

New Living Translation
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

English Standard Version
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.

New American Standard Bible
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

King James Bible
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD is near the brokenhearted; He saves those crushed in spirit.

International Standard Version
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed.

NET Bible
The LORD is near the brokenhearted; he delivers those who are discouraged.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lord Jehovah is near to the broken hearted and he saves the meek in spirit.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD is near to those whose hearts are humble. He saves those whose spirits are crushed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Tzaddi The LORD is near unto those that are of a broken heart and saves such as are of a contrite spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD is near unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.

American King James Version
The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.

American Standard Version
Jehovah is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, And saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart: and he will save the humble of spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah is nigh to those that are of a broken heart, and saveth them that are of a contrite spirit.

English Revised Version
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart, and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD is nigh to them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as are of a contrite spirit.

World English Bible
Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
Near is Jehovah to the broken of heart, And the bruised of spirit He saveth.
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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 18. - The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and sayeth such as be of a contrite spirit. On the value in God's sight of a broken and contrite heart, see Psalm 2:17; and on his mercy towards the truly contrite, see Psalm 147:3; Isaiah 57:15; 69:2. He "is nigh" to such persons, he "dwells with" them, "looks to them, .... revives their heart, .... heals" them, "saves" them.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart,.... Who are pressed and bore down with afflictions, by the sorrow of heart under which their spirits are broken, Proverbs 15:13; or with a sense of sin, and sorrow for it, for which their hearts smite them, and they are wounded by it, and broken with it: to these the Lord is "nigh"; not in a general way only, as he is to all men, being God omnipresent, but in a special manner; he comes and manifests himself to them in a gracious way, pours in the oil and wine of his love, and binds up their broken hearts; yea, comes and dwells with them: he does not pass by them and neglect them, much less make the breach worse; he does not break the bruised reeds, but he heals their breaches;

and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit; not in a legal, but in an evangelical way; who are humbled under a sense of sin, and melted down in true repentance, under a view of the love and grace of God; and are poor and mean in their own eyes: to these the Lord has respect; the sacrifices of a broken and contrite spirit are not despised by him, but accepted through faith in Christ; and such he saves with an everlasting salvation in him.



Psalm 34:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:7
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the LORD our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

Psalm 51:17
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.

Psalm 85:9
Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

Psalm 109:16
For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.

Psalm 119:151
Yet you are near, LORD, and all your commands are true.

Psalm 145:18
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Psalm 147:3
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 57:15
For this is what the high and exalted One says-- he who lives forever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

Isaiah 61:1
The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,

Isaiah 66:2
Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?" declares the LORD. "These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.

Joel 2:13
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD is near to them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.

is nigh

Psalm 75:1 To you, O God, do we give thanks, to you do we give thanks: for that …

Psalm 85:9 Surely his salvation is near them that fear him; that glory may dwell …

Psalm 119:151 You are near, O LORD; and all your commandments are truth.

Psalm 145:18 The LORD is near to all them that call on him, to all that call on him in truth.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near:

unto them [heb.] to the broken of heart

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite …

Psalm 147:3 He heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach …

such as [heb.] the contrite of spirit

2 Kings 22:19 Because your heart was tender, and you have humbled yourself before …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 66:2 For all those things has my hand made, and all those things have …

Ezekiel 36:26,31 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within …

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