Psalm 34:14
New International Version
Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

New Living Translation
Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

English Standard Version
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

Berean Study Bible
Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

New American Standard Bible
Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.

King James Bible
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Christian Standard Bible
Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.

Contemporary English Version
Do good instead of evil and try to live at peace.

Good News Translation
Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.

International Standard Version
Avoid evil and do good! Seek peace and pursue it!

NET Bible
Turn away from evil and do what is right! Strive for peace and promote it!

New Heart English Bible
Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pass from evil and do good, seek peace and run after it.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Turn away from evil, and do good. Seek peace, and pursue it!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

New American Standard 1977
Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nun Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

King James 2000 Bible
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

American King James Version
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

American Standard Version
Depart from evil, and do good; Seek peace, and pursue it.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Turn away from evil and do good: seek after peace and pursue it.

Darby Bible Translation
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

English Revised Version
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Webster's Bible Translation
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

World English Bible
Depart from evil, and do good. seek peace, and pursue it.

Young's Literal Translation
Turn aside from evil and do good, Seek peace and pursue it.
Study Bible
Taste and See that the LORD is Good
13Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech. 14Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 15The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are inclined to their cry.…
Cross References
Romans 14:19
So then, let us pursue what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Hebrews 12:14
Pursue peace with all men, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.

1 Peter 3:11
He must turn away from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.

3 John 1:11
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

Psalm 37:27
Turn away from evil and do good, so that you will abide forever.

Psalm 97:10
O you who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Proverbs 14:16
A wise man fears and turns from evil, but a fool is careless and reckless.

Isaiah 1:16
Wash and cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from My sight. Stop doing evil!

Isaiah 1:17
Learn to do right, seek justice, correct the oppressor, defend the fatherless, plead for the widow."

Treasury of Scripture

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Depart

Psalm 37:27
Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.

Job 28:28
And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

do

Acts 10:38
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

Galatians 6:10
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Titus 2:14
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

seek

Psalm 120:7
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Romans 12:18
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.







Lexicon
Turn away
ס֣וּר (sūr)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5493: To turn aside

from evil
מֵ֭רָע (mê·rā‘)
Preposition-m | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

and do
וַעֲשֵׂה־ (wa·‘ă·śêh-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

good;
ט֑וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

seek
בַּקֵּ֖שׁ (baq·qêš)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1245: To search out, to strive after

peace
שָׁל֣וֹם (šā·lō·wm)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7965: Safe, well, happy, friendly, welfare, health, prosperity, peace

and pursue it.
וְרָדְפֵֽהוּ׃ (wə·rā·ḏə·p̄ê·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7291: To pursue, chase, persecute
(14) And do good.--Negative goodness is not sufficient. Practical good must be added.

Verse 14. - Depart from evil, and do good. From words the psalmist proceeds to acts, and, in the briefest possible way, says all that can be said. First, he enjoins negative goodness - "depart from evil," i.e. do nothing that is wrong; break no laws of God, no command of conscience; have a conscience void of offence, both towards God and towards man. Secondly, he requires positive goodness - "Do good;" i.e. actively perform the will of God from the heart; discharge every duty; practise every virtue; carry out the precepts of the moral law in every particular. Seek peace, and pursue it. It is not clear why this virtue - one of many - is specially enjoined; but probably some circumstances of the time made the recommendation advisable. 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.
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