Psalm 34:8
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New International Version
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.

New Living Translation
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

English Standard Version
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

New American Standard Bible
O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!

King James Bible
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the man who takes refuge in Him!

International Standard Version
Taste and see that the LORD is good! How blessed is the person who trusts in him!

NET Bible
Taste and see that the LORD is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in him!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Taste and see that Lord Jehovah is good, and blessed are all who trust upon him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the person who takes refuge in him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Cheth O taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man that shall trust in him.

King James 2000 Bible
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

American King James Version
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

American Standard Version
Oh taste and see that Jehovah is good: Blessed is the man that taketh refuge in him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that hopeth in him.

Darby Bible Translation
Taste and see that Jehovah is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him!

English Revised Version
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Webster's Bible Translation
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

World English Bible
Oh taste and see that Yahweh is good. Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

Young's Literal Translation
Taste ye and see that Jehovah is good, O the happiness of the man who trusteth in Him.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

34:1-10 If we hope to spend eternity in praising God, it is fit that we should spend much of our time here in this work. He never said to any one, Seek ye me in vain. David's prayers helped to silence his fears; many besides him have looked unto the Lord by faith and prayer, and it has wonderfully revived and comforted them. When we look to the world, we are perplexed, and at a loss. But on looking to Christ depends our whole salvation, and all things needful thereunto do so also. This poor man, whom no man looked upon with any respect, or looked after with any concern, was yet welcome to the throne of grace; the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The holy angels minister to the saints, and stand for them against the powers of darkness. All the glory be to the Lord of the angels. By taste and sight we both make discoveries, and have enjoyment; Taste and see God's goodness; take notice of it, and take the comfort of it. He makes all truly blessed that trust in him. As to the things of the other world, they shall have grace sufficient for the support of spiritual life. And as to this life, they shall have what is necessary from the hand of God. Paul had all, and abounded, because he was content, Php 4:11-18. Those who trust to themselves, and think their own efforts sufficient for them, shall want; but they shall be fed who trust in the Lord. Those shall not want, who with quietness work, and mind their own business.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - O taste and see that the Lord is good; i.e. put the matter to the test of experience (comp. 1 Peter 2:3). There is no other way of really knowing how good God is. Blessed is the man that trusteth in him (comp. Psalm 2:12; Psalm 84:12; Proverbs 16:20; Isaiah 30:18; Jeremiah 17:7). Trust in God is a feeling which is blessed in itself. God also showers blessings on such as trust in him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

O taste, and see that the Lord is good,.... He is essentially, infinitely, perfectly, immutably, and solely good in himself; and he is communicatively and diffusively good to others: he is the author of all good, but not of any evil, in a moral sense; this chiefly regards his special grace and goodness through Christ: all the divine Persons in the Godhead are good; the Father is good, he has good designs towards his people, has provided good things for them, made good promises to them, and bestows good gifts on them: the Son is good; the good Shepherd that has laid down his life for the sheep; he is the fountain of all grace and goodness to his churches, and to particular believers; he has wrought a good work for them, the work of redemption, and he speaks a good word on their behalf in the court of heaven: the Spirit is good; he works good things in the hearts of the sons of men, and shows good things unto them; and gracious souls, such as the psalmist here calls upon, are capable of tasting and discerning how good the Lord is in some measure; see Psalm 119:103. While unregenerate, their taste is vitiated, and remains unchanged, and sin is what they feed upon with pleasure, and so detest everything that is good; but in conversion a new taste is given, so as to have a saving experimental knowledge of the grace and goodness of God in Christ, an application of it to them; and in such manner as to live upon it, and be nourished by it; and though this is not a superficial taste of things, like that of hypocrites, nor a single one only, being frequently repeated; yet it is but a taste in comparison of the enjoyment of it in the heavenly state; and every taste now influences and engages trust in the Lord, as follows;

blessed is the man that trusteth in him; See Gill on Psalm 2:12; the Targum renders it, "that trust in his word".

The Treasury of David

8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.

Psalm 34:8

"O taste and see." Make a trial, an inward, experimental trial of the goodness of God. You cannot see except by tasting for yourself; but if you taste you shall see, for this, like Jonathan's honey, enlightens the eyes. "That the Lord is good." You can only know this really and personally by experience. There is the banquet with its oxen and fatlings; its fat things full of marrow, and wines on the lees well refined; but their sweetness will be all unknown to you except you make the blessings of grace your own, by a living, inward, vital participation in them. "Blessed is the man that trusteth in him." Faith is the soul's taste; they who test the Lord by their confidence always find him good, and they become themselves blessed. The second clause of the verse, is the argument in support of the exhortation contained in the first sentence.

Psalm 34:9

"O fear the Lord, lie his saints." Pay to him humble childlike reverence, walk in his laws, have respect to his will, tremble to offend him, hasten to serve him. Fear not the wrath of men, neither be tempted to sin through the virulence of their threats; fear God and fear nothing else. "For there is no want to them that fear him." Jehovah will not allow his faithful servants to starve. He may not give luxuries, but the promise binds him to supply necessaries, and he will not run back from his word. Many whims and wishes may remain ungratified, but real wants the Lord will supply. The fear of the Lord or true piety is not only the duty of those who avow themselves to be saints, that is, persons set apart and consecrated for holy duties, but it is also their path of safety and comfort. Godliness hath the promise of the life which now is. If we were to die like dogs, and there were no hereafter, yet were it well for our own happiness' sake to fear the Lord. Men seek a patron and hope to prosper; he prospers surely who hath the Lord of Hosts to be his friend and defender.

Psalm 34:10

"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger." They are fierce, cunning, strong, in all the rigour of youth, and yet they sometimes howl in their ravenous hunger, and even so crafty, designing, and oppressing men, with all their sagacity and unscrupulousness, often come to want; yet simple-minded believers, who dare not act as the greedy lions of earth, are fed with food convenient for them. To trust God is better policy than the craftiest politicians can teach or practise. "But they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing." No really good thing shall be denied to those whose first and main end in life is to seek the Lord. Men may call them fools, but the Lord will prove them wise. They shall win where the world's wiseacres lose their all, and God shall have the glory of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. taste and see—try and experience.

Psalm 34:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Taste and See the Lord is Good
7The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, And rescues them. 8O taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! 9O fear the LORD, you His saints; For to those who fear Him there is no want.…
Cross References
Hebrews 6:5
who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age

1 Peter 2:3
now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

Psalm 2:12
Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 40:4
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.

Psalm 119:103
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Proverbs 16:20
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD.

Jeremiah 17:7
"But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.

Daniel 3:28
Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.
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O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.

taste

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth …

Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste! yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

Songs 2:3 As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among …

Songs 5:1 I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my …

Hebrews 6:4,5 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

1 Peter 2:2,3 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

1 John 1:1-3 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we …

Lord

Psalm 36:7,10 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Psalm 52:1 Why boast you yourself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of …

Jeremiah 31:14 And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people …

Zechariah 9:17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn …

1 John 4:7-10 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

blessed

Psalm 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when …

Psalm 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusts in you.

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