The Psalms

Psalm 34

David praises God and exhorts others thereto by his experience, 1-7. They are blessed who trust in God, 8-10. He exhorts to the fear of God, 11-14. The privileges of the righteous, 15-22.

1 [A Psalm of David: when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.] I will bless the LORD at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD. The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

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

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

5 They looked to him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed.

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

7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him and delivers them.

8 O taste and see that the LORD is good. Blessed is the man who trusts in him.

9 O fear the LORD, you his saints, for there is no lack with those who fear him.

10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.

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

12 What man is he who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil and do good. Seek peace and pursue it.

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

16 The face of the LORD is against those who do evil to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The LORD is near to those who are of a broken heart and saves those who are of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.

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

21 Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The LORD redeems the soul of his servants, and none of those who trust in him shall be desolate.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 34[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

Calvin did not provide a summary of Psalm 34.

[v.8] - Quoted in 1st Peter 2:3.

[v.12-15] - Quoted in 1st Peter 3:10-12.

[v.18] - Reference, 2nd Corinthians 7:10.

[v.20] - Quoted in John 19:36.