Psalm 34:2
2My soul will make its boast in the LORD;
         The humble will hear it and rejoice.

3O magnify the LORD with me,
         And let us exalt His name together.

4I sought the LORD, and He answered me,
         And delivered me from all my fears.

5They looked to Him and were radiant,
         And their faces will never be ashamed.

6This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him
         And saved him out of all his troubles.

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.

10The young lions do lack and suffer hunger;
         But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

11Come, you children, listen to me;
         I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12Who is the man who desires life
         And loves length of days that he may see 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.

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.

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.

20He keeps all his bones,
         Not one of them is broken.

21Evil shall slay the wicked,
         And those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,
         And none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

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Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
My soul shall make her boast in Jehovah: The meek shall hear thereof, and be glad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the Lord shall my soul be praised: let the meek hear and rejoice.

Darby Bible Translation
My soul shall make its boast in Jehovah: the meek shall hear, and rejoice.

English Revised Version
My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the meek shall hear thereof, and be glad.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear of it and be glad.

World English Bible
My soul shall boast in Yahweh. The humble shall hear of it, and be glad.

Young's Literal Translation
In Jehovah doth my soul boast herself, Hear do the humble and rejoice.
Struggling and Seeking
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Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

No Condemnation
'None of them that trust in Him shall be desolate.' --PSALM xxxiv. 22. These words are very inadequately represented in the translation of the Authorised Version. The Psalmist's closing declaration is something very much deeper than that they who trust in God 'shall not be desolate.' If you look at the previous clause, you will see that we must expect something more than such a particular blessing as that:--'The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants.' It is a great drop from that thought, instead
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Encamping Angel
'The Angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.'--PSALM xxxiv. 7. If we accept the statement in the superscription of this psalm, it dates from one of the darkest hours in David's life. His fortunes were never lower than when he fled from Gath, the city of Goliath, to Adullam. He never appears in a less noble light than when he feigned madness to avert the dangers which he might well dread there. How unlike the terror and self-degradation of the man who 'scrabbled
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Religion Pleasant to the Religious.
"O taste and see how gracious the Lord is; blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."--Psalm xxxiv. 8. You see by these words what love Almighty God has towards us, and what claims He has upon our love. He is the Most High, and All-Holy. He inhabiteth eternity: we are but worms compared with Him. He would not be less happy though He had never created us; He would not be less happy though we were all blotted out again from creation. But He is the God of love; He brought us all into existence,
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Lions Lacking --But the Children Satisfied
RIGHT truly did Paul say, "Whereby he hath given unto us exceeding great and precious promises;" for surely this promise is exceeding great indeed. In the entire compass of God's holy word, there is not to be found a precious declaration which can excel this in sweetness; for how could God promise to use more than all things? how could even his infinite benevolence stretch the line of his grace farther than it hath gone in this verse of the psalm?--"They that seek the Lord shall not want any good
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 2: 1856

A Poor Man's Cry, and what came of It
On this occasion I want to speak of what happens to those who do return to God; because many have newly been brought, through mighty grace. Some of them I have seen; and I have rejoiced over them with exceeding great joy. They tell me that they did distinctly lay hold on eternal life last Sabbath day; and they are clear about what it means. They came out of darkness into his marvellous light; they knew it, and could not resist the impulse at once to tell those with whom they sat in the pews, that
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

Looking unto Jesus
"Till God in human flesh I see, My thoughts no comfort find,--" God shrouded and veiled in the manhood,--there we can with steady gaze behold him, for so he cometh down to us, and our poor finite intelligence can understand and lay hold upon him. I shall therefore use my text this morning, and I think very legitimately, in reference to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ--"They looked unto him, and were lightened;" for when we look at God, as revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord, and behold the Godhead
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 4: 1858

Seeking Richly Rewarded
"The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing."--Psalm 34:10. THE young lions are very strong; they are as yet in the freshness of their youth, and yet their strength does not always suffice to keep them supplied. The young lions are very crafty; they understand how to waylay their game and leap upon them with a sudden spring at unawares, and yet, with all their craftiness, they howl for hunger in the wood. The young lions are very bold and
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 60: 1914

Tender Mercies, on My Way
"I will bless the Lord at all times." -- Psalm 34:1. Tender mercies, on my way Falling softly like the dew, Sent me freshly every day, I will bless THE LORD for you. Though I have not all I would, Though to greater bliss I go, Every present gift of good To Eternal Love I owe. Source of all that comforts me, Well of joy for which I long, Let the song I sing to Thee Be an everlasting song.
Miss A. L. Waring—Hymns and Meditations

But God Wanted not Power to Make Man Such as that He Should Not...
16. But God wanted not power to make man such as that he should not be able to sin: but He chose rather to make him such, as that it should lie in his power [1859] to sin, if he would; not to sin, if he would not; forbidding the one, enjoining the other; that it might be to him first a good desert not to sin, and after a just reward not to be able to sin. For such also at the last will He makes His Saints, as to be without all power to sin. Such forsooth even now hath He His angels, whom in Him we
St. Augustine—On Continence

Letter xi (Circa A. D. 1120) the Abbot of Saint Nicasius at Rheims
The Abbot of Saint Nicasius at Rheims He consoles this abbot for the departure of the Monk Drogo and his transfer to another monastery, and exhorts him to patience. 1. How much I sympathize with your trouble only He knows who bore the griefs of all in His own body. How willingly would I advise you if I knew what to say, or help you if I were able, as efficaciously as I would wish that He who knows and can do all things should advise and assist me in all my necessities. If brother Drogo had consulted
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

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