Psalm 34:2
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English Standard Version
My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.

King James Bible
My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Hence the call to praise God is supported (2) by a setting forth of that which His people possess in Him. This portion of the song is like a paraphrase of the אשׁרי in Deuteronomy 33:29. The theme in Psalm 33:12 is proved in Psalm 33:13 by the fact, that Jahve is the omniscient Ruler, because He is the Creator of men, without whose knowledge nothing is undertaken either secretly or openly, and especially if against His people. Then in Psalm 33:16 it is supported by the fact, that His people have in Jahve a stronger defence than the greatest worldly power would be. Jahve is called the fashioner of all the hearts of men, as in Zechariah 12:1, cf. Proverbs 24:12, as being their Maker. As such He is also the observer of all the works of men; for His is acquainted with their origin in the laboratory of the heart, which He as Creator has formed. Hupfeld takes יחד as an equalisation (pariter ac) of the two appositions; but then it ought to be וּמבין (cf. Psalm 49:3, Psalm 49:11). The lxx correctly renders it καταμόνας, singillatim. It is also needless to translate it, as Hupfeld does: He who formed, qui finxit; for the hearts of men were not from the very first created all at one time, but the primeval impartation of spirit-life is continued at every birth in some mysterious way. God is the Father of spirits, Hebrews 12:9. For this very reason everything that exists, even to the most hidden thing, is encompassed by His omniscience and omnipotence. He exercises an omniscient control over all things, and makes all things subservient to the designs of His plan of the universe, which, so far as His people are concerned, is the plan of salvation. Without Him nothing comes to pass; but through Him everything takes place. The victory of the king, and the safety of the warrior, are not their own works. Their great military power and bodily strength can accomplish nothing without God, who can also be mighty in the feeble. Even for purposes of victory (תּשׁוּעה, cf. ישׁוּעה, Psalm 21:2) the war-horse is שׁקר, i.e., a thing that promises much, but can in reality do nothing; it is not its great strength, by which it enables the trooper to escape (ימלּט). "The horse," says Solomon in Proverbs 21:31, "is equipped for the day of battle, but התּשׁוּעה לה, Jahve's is the victory," He giveth it to whomsoever He will. The ultimate ends of all things that come to pass are in His hands, and - as Psalm 33:18. say, directing special attention to this important truth by הנּה - the eye of this God, that is to say the final aim of His government of the world, is directed towards them that fear Him, is pointed at them that hope in His mercy (למיחלים). In Psalm 33:19, the object, לחסדּו, is expanded by way of example. From His mercy or loving-kindness, not from any acts of their own, conscious of their limited condition and feebleness, they look for protection in the midst of the greatest peril, and for the preservation of their life in famine. Psalm 20:8 is very similar; but the one passage sounds as independent as the other.

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make

Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise your name for ever. Selah.

Psalm 105:3 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.

Isaiah 45:25 In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD which exercise loving kindness, judgment...

1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord.

2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glories, let him glory in the Lord.

the humble

Psalm 22:22-24 I will declare your name to my brothers: in the middle of the congregation will I praise you...

Psalm 32:5,6 I acknowledge my sin to you, and my iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the LORD...

Psalm 119:74 They that fear you will be glad when they see me; because I have hoped in your word.

Psalm 142:7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise your name: the righteous shall compass me about; for you shall deal bountifully with me.

1 Timothy 1:15,16 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief...

Cross References
Luke 1:46
And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,

1 Corinthians 1:31
so that, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord."

Psalm 44:8
In God we have boasted continually, and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah

Psalm 69:32
When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive.

Psalm 119:74
Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice, because I have hoped in your word.

Jeremiah 9:24
but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD."

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