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Psalm 34 by Alexander Maclaren

Psalm 34 by Alexander Maclaren

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1 (K) I will bless Jehovah at all times,
Continually shall His praise be in my mouth,

1 (K) I will bless Jehovah at all times,
Continually shall His praise be in my mouth,

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PSALM 34 BY ALEXADER MACLAREPSALM XXXIV.1 (K) I will bless Jehovah at all times,Continually shall His praise be in my mouth,2 (3) In Jehovah my soul shall boast herself The humble shall hear and rejoice.3 (J) Magnify Jehovah with me,And let us exalt His name together.4 (*1) I sought Jehovah and He answered me,And from all my terrors did He deliver me.5 (i"l) They looked to Him and were brightened,(1) And their faces did not blush.6 (f) This afflicted man cried and Jehovah heard,And from all his distresses saved him.7 (n) The angel of Jehovah encamps round them that fear Him,And delivers them.8 (t3) Taste and see that Jehovah is good ;Happy the man that takes refuge in Him.9 (*) Fear Jehovah, ye His holy ones ;For there is no want to them that fear Him.10 (3) Young lions famish and starve,But they that seek Jehovah shall not want any good.1 1 (?) Come [my] sons, hearken to me ;I will teach you the fear of Jehovah.
12 (0) Who is the man who desires life,Who loves [many] days, in order to see good ?13 (3) Keep thy tongue from evil,And thy lips from speaking deceit.14 (D) Depart from evil and do good ;Seek peace and pursue it.15 (V) The eyes of Jehovah are toward the righteoua,And His ears are towards their loud cry.16 (S) The face of Jehovah is against the doers of evil.To cut off their remembrance from the earth.320miv.] THE PSALMS. 32117 (¥) The righteous cry and Jehovah hears ;And from all their straits He rescues them.18 (p) Jehovah is near to the broken in heart,And the crushed in spirit He saves.19 (*1) Many are the afflictions of the righteous ;But from them all Jehovah delivers him.20 (K>) He keeps all his bones,ot one of them is broken.21 (J1) Evil shall slay the wicked ;And the haters of the righteous shall be held guilty.22 (2) Jehovah redeems the soul of His servants ;
And not held guilty shall any be who take refuge in Him.THE occasion of this psalm, according to the super-scription, was that humiliating and questionableepisode, when David pretended insanity to save hislife from the ruler of Goliath's city of Gath. Theset of critical opinion sweeps away this tradition asunworthy of serious refutation. The psalm is acrostic,therefore of late date ; there are no references to thesupposed occasion ; the careless scribe has blundered"blindly" (Hupfeld) in the king's name, mixing upthe stories about Abraham and Isaac in Genesis withthe legend about David at Gath ; the didactic, gnomicalcast of the psalm speaks of a late age. But theassumption that acrostfc structure is necessarily a mark of late date is not by any means self-evident, and needsmore proof than is forthcoming ; the absence of plainallusions to the singer's circumstances cuts both ways,and suggests the question, how the attribution to theperiod stated arose, since there is nothing in the psalmto suggest it ; the blunder of the king's name is perhapsnot a blunder after all, but, as the Genesis passagesseem to imply, "Abimelech (the father of the King)may be a title, like Pharaoh, common to Philistine" kings," and Achish may have been the name of thereigning Abimelech ; the proverbial style and somewhat21322 THE PSALMS.siight connection and progress of thought are necessaryresults of acrostic fetters. If the psalm be David's, thecontrast between the degrading expedient which savedhim and the exalted sentiments here is remarkable, butnot incredible. The seeming idiot scrabbling on the

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