Psalm 34

1 I will bless the Lord continually:
    his praise shall be always in my mouth.
2 Let my soul boast of the Lord:
    the humble shall hear it and rejoice.
3 O praise the Lord with me:
    let us exalt his name together.
4 For I sought the Lord's help and he answered:
    and he freed me from all my fears.
5 Look towards him and be bright with joy:
    your faces shall not be ashamed.
6 Here is a wretch who cried, and the Lord heard me:
    and saved me from all my troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps round those who fear him:
    and delivers them in their need.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good:
    happy are they that hide in him!
9 Fear the Lord, all you his holy ones:
    for those who fear him never lack.
10 Lions may suffer want and go hungry:
    but those who seek the Lord lack nothing good.
11 Come, my children, listen to me:
    and I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Which of you relishes life:
    wants time to enjoy good things?
13 Keep your tongue from evil:
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good:
    seek peace and pursue it.
15 The eyes of God are on the righteous:
    and his ears towards their cry.
16 The Lord sets his face against wrongdoers:
    to root out their memory from the earth.
17 The righteous cry; the Lord hears it:
    and frees them from all their afflictions.
18 The Lord is close to those who are broken-hearted:
    and the crushed in spirit he saves.
19 The trials of the righteous are many:
    but our God delivers us from them all.
20 He guards all our bones:
    so that not one is broken.
21 Evil will slay the wicked:
    and those who hate the righteous will be destroyed.
22 The Lord ransoms the lives of his servants:
    and none who hide in him will be destroyed.