Psalm 34

A Psalm of David, when he changed his countenance before Abimelech; and he let him go, and he departed.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall be continually in my mouth. 2 My soul shall 1boast herself in the Lord: let the meek hear, and rejoice. 3 Magnify ye the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4 I sought the Lord diligently, and he hearkened to me, and delivered me from all my 2sojournings. 5 Draw near to him, and be enlightened: and your faces shall not by any means be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord hearkened to him, and delivered him out of all his afflictions. 7 The angel of the Lord will encamp round about them that fear him, and will deliver them. 8 Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man who hopes in him. 9 Fear the Lord, all ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. 10 The rich have become poor and hungry: but they that seek the Lord diligently shall not want any good thing. Pause.

11 Come, ye children, hear me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 12 3What man is there that desires life, loving to see good days? 13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. 14 Turn away from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.


15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer: 16 but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to destroy their memorial from the earth. The righteous cried, and the Lord hearkened to them, 17 and delivered them out of all their afflictions. 18 The Lord is near to 4them that are of a contrite heart; and will save the lowly in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but out of them all Lord will deliver them. 20 He keeps all their bones: not one of them shall be broken. 21 The death of sinners is evil: and they that hate righteousness will go wrong. 22 The Lord will redeem the souls of his servants: and none of those that hope in him shall go wrong.

Psalm 35

A Psalm of David.

1 Judge thou, O Lord, them that injure me, fight against them that fight against me. 2 Take hold of shield and buckler, and arise for my help. 3 Bring forth a sword, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say to my soul, I am thy salvation. 4 Let them that seek my soul be ashamed and confounded: let them that devise evils against me be turned back and put to shame. 5 Let them be as dust before the wind, and an angel of the Lord afflicting them. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, and an angel of the Lord persecuting them. 7 For without cause they have hid for me their destructive snare: without a cause they have reproached my soul.

8 Let a snare which they know not come upon them; and the gin which they hid take them; and let them fall into the very same snare. 9 But my soul shall exult in the Lord: it shall delight in his salvation. 10 All my bones shall say, O Lord, who is like to thee? delivering the poor out of the hand of them that are stronger than he, yea, the poor and needy one from them that spoil him.

11 Unjust witnesses arose, and asked me of things I new not. 12 They rewarded me evil for good, and bereavement to my soul. 13 But I, when they troubled me, put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting: and my prayer shall return to my own bosom. 14 I behaved agreeably towards them as if it had been our neighbour or brother: I humbled myself as one mourning and sad of countenance. 15 Yet they rejoiced against me, and plagues were 5plentifully brought against me, and I knew it not: they were scattered, but 6repented not. 16 They tempted me, they sneered at me most contemptuously, they gnashed their teeth upon me.

17 O Lord, when wilt thou look upon me? Deliver my soul from their mischief, mine only-begotten one from the lions. 18 I will give thanks to thee even in a great congregation: in an abundant people I will praise thee. 19 Let not them that are mine enemies without a cause rejoice against me; who hate me for nothing, and wink with their eyes. 20 For to me they spoke peaceably, but imagined deceits in their anger. 21 And


they opened wide their mouth upon me; they said Aha, aha, our eyes have seen it.

22 Thou hast seen it, O Lord: keep not silence: O Lord, withdraw not thyself from me. 23 Awake, O Lord, and attend to my judgment, even to my cause, my God and my Lord. 24 Judge me, O Lord, according to thy righteousness, O Lord my God; and let them not rejoice against me. 25 Let them not say in their hearts, Aha, aha, it is pleasing to our soul: neither let them say, We have devoured him. 26 Let them be confounded and ashamed together that rejoice at my afflictions: let them be clothed with shame and confusion that speak great swelling words against me. 27 Let them that rejoice in my righteousness exult and be glad: and let them say continually, The Lord be magnified, who desire the peace of his servant. 28 And my tongue shall meditate on thy righteousness, and on thy praise all the day.

1 Gr. be praised.

2 Lit. neighbourhoods.

3 1 Pe. 3. 10-13.

4 Gr. the broken in heart.

5 The Gr. is repeated, by a Hebraism.

6 See Acts 2. 37.


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