Psalm 34
Psalm 34
ST. DAVID  |  Same-Tune Hymns  |  Bible Passage
Author: Scottish Psalter
Musician: 1677 version of a melody in Ravenscroft's Psalter, 1621

1   GOD will I bless all times; his praise
          My mouth shall still express.
2   My soul shall boast in God: the meek
          Shall hear with joyfulness.
3   Extol the Lord with me, let us
          His name together praise;
4   I sought the Lord, he heard, and did
          Above all fears me raise.

5   They looked to him and lightened were:
          Their faces were not shamed;
6   This poor man cried, God heard, and him
          From all distress redeemed.
7   The angel of the Lord encamps,
          And round encompasseth
     All those about that do him fear, 
          And them delivereth.

8   O taste and see that God is good:
          Who trusts in him is blessed.
9   Fear God his saints: none that him fear
          Shall be with want oppressed.
10 The lions young may hungry be,
          And they may lack their food: 
     But they that truly seek the Lord
          Shall not lack any good.

11 O children, hither do ye come,
          And unto me give ear;
     I shall you teach to understand
          How ye the Lord should fear.
12 What man is he that life desires,
          To see good would live long?
13 Thy lips refrain from speaking guile,
          And from ill words thy tongue.

14 Depart from ill, do good, seek peace,
          Pursue it earnestly.
15 God's eyes are on the just; his ears
          Are open to their cry.
16 The face of God is set against
          Those that do wickedly,
     That he may quite out from the earth
          Cut off their memory.

17 The righteous cry unto the Lord,
          He unto them gives ear;
     And they out of their troubles all
          By him delivered are.
18 The Lord is ever nigh to them
          In heart that broken be;
     Those who in spirit contrite are
          He saveth graciously.

19 The troubles that afflict the just
          In number many be;
     But yet at length out of them all
          The Lord doth set him free.
20 He carefully his bones doth keep,
          Whatever may befall;
     That not so much as one of them
          Can broken be at all.

21 Ill shall the wicked slay; condemned
          Shall be who hate the just.
22 The Lord redeems his servants' souls;
          None perish that him trust.


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1 ¶ 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 thereof, 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 unto him, and were lightened: 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 encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
11 ¶ Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy 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 unto their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.