New Living Translation & King James Version



Psalms 34

A psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away.

I will praise the LORD at all times.  I will constantly speak his praises.

I will boast only in the LORD; let all who are discouraged take heart.

Come, let us tell of the LORD's greatness; let us exalt his name together.

I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears.

Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.

I cried out to the LORD in my suffering, and he heard me.  He set me free from all my fears.

For the angel of the LORD guards all who fear him, and he rescues them.

Taste and see that the LORD is good.  Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!

Let the LORD's people show him reverence, for those who honor him will have all they need.

Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, 
but those who trust in the LORD will never lack any good thing.

Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD.

Do any of you want to live a life that is long and good?

Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from telling lies!

Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.

The eyes of the LORD watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.

But the LORD turns his face against those who do evil; he will erase their memory from the earth.

The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

The righteous face many troubles, but the LORD rescues them from each and every one.

For the LORD protects them from harm--not one of their bones will be broken!

Calamity will surely overtake the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

But the LORD will redeem those who serve him. Everyone who trusts in him will be freely pardoned.


I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

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

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the LORD, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.

They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

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

The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

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

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

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

 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

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

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.