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Psalms 34

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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 its boast in the LORD; let the humble 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 Those who look to him are enlightened; and their faces are never covered with shame.

 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 round about 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 [reverently] fear the LORD, you his saints! For those who fear him lack nothing.

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

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

 12 Whoever desires life and longs for many days, so that he may see good,

 13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.

 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 memory 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.1

 20 He keeps all his bones; not one of them will be broken.

 21 Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous shall be condemned.

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


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1 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Pet 4:1-2. Tribulation is not a hard day at the office, a car wreck, or some natural difficulty; it is unmistakably, supernaturally imposed. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps. 1 Pet 2:21. Paul was establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] 'that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.' Acts 14:22-23. The Lord shall deliver the righteous, Pro 11:8,21

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