December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 2 Of David, when he feigned madness before Abimelech, who forced him to depart.
- I will bless the LORD at all times; praise shall be always in my mouth.
- My soul will glory in the LORD that the poor may hear and be glad.
- Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together.
- I sought the LORD, who answered me, delivered me from all my fears.
- Look to God that you may be radiant with joy and your faces may not blush for shame.
- In my misfortune I called, the LORD heard and saved me from all distress.
- The angel of the LORD, who encamps with them, delivers all who fear God.
- Learn to savor how good the LORD is; happy are those who take refuge in him.
- Fear the LORD, you holy ones; nothing is lacking to those who fear him.
- 3 The powerful grow poor and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.
- 4 Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
- Who among you loves life, takes delight in prosperous days?
- Keep your tongue from evil, your lips from speaking lies.
- Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
- The LORD has eyes for the just and ears for their cry.
- The LORD'S face is against evildoers to wipe out their memory from the earth.
- When the just cry out, the LORD hears and rescues them from all distress.
- The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.
- Many are the troubles of the just, but the LORD delivers from them all.
- God watches over all their bones; not a one shall be broken.
- Evil will slay the wicked; those who hate the just are condemned.
- The LORD redeems loyal servants; no one is condemned whose refuge is God.
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1 [Psalm 34] A thanksgiving in acrostic form, each line beginning with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. In this psalm one letter is missing and two are in reverse order. The psalmist, fresh from the experience of being rescued (Psalm 34:5, 7), can teach the "poor," those who are defenseless, to trust in God alone (Psalm 34:4, 12). God will make them powerful (Psalm 34:5-11) and give them protection (Psalm 34:12-22).
2  Abimelech: a scribal error for Achish. In 1 Sam 21:13-16, David feigned madness before Achish, not Abimelech.
3  The powerful: literally, "lions." Fierce animals were sometimes metaphors for influential people.
4  Children: the customary term for students in Wisdom literature.
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