New American Standard Bible
The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.
King James Bible
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Darby Bible Translation
The young lions are in need and suffer hunger; but they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good.
World English Bible
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger, but those who seek Yahweh shall not lack any good thing.
Young's Literal Translation
Young lions have lacked and been hungry, And those seeking Jehovah lack not any good,
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The young lions do lack and suffer hunger - That is, they often do it, as compared with the friends of God. The allusion is especially to the "young" lions who are not able to go forth themselves in search of food. Perhaps the idea is, that they are dependent on the older lions - their parents - for the supply of their needs, as the pious are dependent on God; but that the result shows their reliance to be often vain, while that of the pious never is. The old lions may be unable to procure food for their young; God is never unable to provide for the wants of his children. If their needs are in any case unsupplied, it is for some other reason than because God is unable to meet their necessities. The word "lack" here - רושׁ rûsh - means to be poor; to suffer want; to be needy: Proverbs 14:20; Proverbs 18:23.
But they that seek the Lord - That seek Him as their Friend; that seek His favor; that seek what they need from Him. "To seek God" is a phrase which is often used to denote true piety. It means that we wish to know Him; that we desire His friendship; and that we seek all our blessings from Him.
Shall not want any good thing - Any real good. God is able to supply every need; and if anything is withheld, it is always certain that it is not because God could not confer it, but because He sees some good reasons why it should not be conferred. The real good; what we need most; what will most benefit us - will be bestowed on us; and universally it may be said of all the children of God that everything in this world and the next will be granted that is really for their good. They themselves are often not the best judges of what will be for their good; but God is an infallible Judge in this matter, and He will certainly bestow what is best for them.
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"The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.
"Yield now and be at peace with Him; Thereby good will come to you.
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
The LORD will not allow the righteous to hunger, But He will reject the craving of the wicked.
The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite, But the stomach of the wicked is in need.
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